Install a Makefile into your node projects that acts as an npm run-script wrapper
After installing, you can type
mak<TAB><TAB> for autocompletion. Fakefile then quickly enumerates any npm scripts in your
package.json and presents these. It does this at runtime, so it won't need any maintenance as your project changes its npm scripts.
This gets us the best of both worlds. Codify your tasks in a system (npm scripts) that won't be obsolete within the year, that's straightforward to people on Windows (they can ignore the Makefile and use
npm run), and unix folks alike. Profit from instant autocomplete. In any repo I maintain, no matter the language,
make <something> gets me what I want without thinking twice.
make test and the command is passed onto
npm run test that should do the lower-level plumbing.
Makefiles can't handle
: characters well so it will offer
npm run build:production to you as
You could save Fakefile's
Makefile into your project root, and that's that.
Alternatively, you can use the npm installer:
npm install --save-exact fakefile
This will save a Makefile into your project root.
If the installer detects a Makefile it does not recognize by its sha1 hash, it will warn you instead of overwriting it. This gives you a chance to port any existing Makefile logic to npm scripts, after which you can safely remove your original Makefile and rerun the installation, this time successfully installing Fakefile. The installer is happy to overwrite known sha1s, so that we can upgrade should the need arise.