get the dependencies to be installed from a directory


distributed npm client.

npmd is an alternative npm client that uses leveldb and local replication to improve performance by eliminating unnecessary network round-trips. It is intended for use in the antipodes, via 3g, in airplanes, submarines, up trees, and in caves. But it is still faster if you live in california too.

npmd is based on the idea of eagre replication. All the npm metadata (package.json + readmes) are stored locally in leveldb. (currently, with 44k modules this is about 260 mb) when you type npmd install foo <enter> npmd resolves all the dependencies from your local replica, without doing any network round-trips. This is much faster than using npm, especially if you have a high latency internet connection.

A local database also enables npmd to provide offline search, and indexes all readmes.

display help files

npmd help $command

To begin, replicate the registry metadata. When this gets near 100% you can use the other commands.

npm install npmd -g
npmd --sync

You should leave the npmd service running in the background, this will make running other npmd commands much faster.

npmd will pull down npm metadata, and store it in a leveldb. this will be less than 200mb, including a full text index.

Check the startup_configs directory for examples of system startup configurations and instructions on how to set them up.

install a module. if the module's dependencies are in the cache, then npmd will install without making a single network round trip!

npmd install browserify --greedy

--greedy is optional, if enabled, the dependency tree is flattened as much as possible. so you have less duplication.

use --global to install a command globally.

Install by linking. This is much faster than install, because it is not necessary to copy files.

publish a module locally. In a package directory, just do:

npmd publish

and your package version will be stashed into a queue for local use. You can npmd install yourpkg locally even if yourpkg isn't on the public npm yet. You can even have multiple versions of your package queued up locally.

To inspect your local package queue, do:

npmd queue

You can remove a package from your queue with:

npmd queue rm pkgname@version

To sync your local package queue with the public npm, you can run:

npmd queue sync

resolve all module versions required to install a given module. will write json to stdout in the same format as npm-shrinkwrap.

npmd resolve request