node package manager


A package parser that can resolve self and dependencies, supporting spm, component.


A package parser that can resolve self and dependencies, supporting spm / component.

$ npm install father -g
// using SpmPackage
var Package = require('father').SpmPackage;
var pkg = new Package('path/to/package')
console.log(pkg.dependencies); // return a object contains dependencies
console.log(pkg.get('each')); // return a package named each
// using ComponentPackage
var Package = require('father').ComponentPackage;

The properties of Package instance

Unique id for each package

= {}@{pkg.version}

Package's name

Package's version

Entry point of the package, default is index.js

Package's dependencies, each one will return a Package instance

All used files will exist in pkg.files, it will be parsed from pkg.main. Each file contains dependent files (no deep dependencies).

Example below

  files: {
    'index.js': {
      dependencies: ['each', './feature']

The base directory of the package

The origin package info

Export files when build

Get a package of id

Set a package

Get all dependent packages

The options when instantiation

new Package('path/to/package', options);

Config an extension as key, when that extension is found, value will be added to deps

new Package('path/to/package', {
  extraDeps: {
    'handlebars': 'handlebars'

If one file require('./xx.handlebars'), handlebars will be added to the dependencies ['./xx.handlebars', 'handlebars']


Generally, files will be parsed from pkg.main, no dependent file will not be included. entry will be another entry point.


// a.js <- pkg.main
console.log('no require');
// b.js
// c.js
console.log('no require');


new Package('path/to/package', {
  entry: ['b.js']


// without entry
  files: {
    'a.js': []
// with entry
  files: {
    'a.js': [],
    'b.js': ['./c'],
    'c.js': []
// a.js

If you don't want to parse package b, you can specify ignore. And it won't parse the dependencies of b.

new Package('path/to/package', {
  ignore: ['b']

If you want to use it for your package, you can extend Package and override readPackage.

var Package = require('father').Package;
var Custom = Package.extend({
  readPackage: function() {
    // 1. read config file, E.g. component.json
    // 2. return a package contains id, name, version, dependencies, main, dest, files, origin
    // 3. dependencies should contain id, name, version, dest

Example for returned object by readPackage

  id: 'a',
  name: 'a'  
  version: '1.0.0',
  main: 'index.js',
  dest: '/home/user/a',
  dependencies: {
    b: {
      id: 'b@1.1.0',
      name: 'b',
      version: '1.1.0',
      dest: '/home/user/a/components/b'

Copyright (c) 2014 popomore. Licensed under the MIT license.