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    Lightweight, clearly-defined alternative to file glob strings

    The Problem

    File globs like ./src/**/*.js are great... until you get to know them.

    • Globbing libraries are big and complicated
    • The behavior of ** and * differs depending on the library or context (for instance, bash treats **/* differently depending on if the globstar option is set, but the globstar option isn't available in older versions of bash)
    • Debugging globs is hard
    • It's not always obvious how libraries will interpret non-absolute glob paths
      • For instance, ./package.json could refer to lots of different files depending on what the current working directory is when the library parses files
    • Some libraries include files starting with a . in their results by default, but others don't
    • Some libraries automatically expand folder globs to end with **/*, and others don't.
      • For instance, in tsconfig, src means src/**/*, but in bash, src only means src.
    • It's not obvious how they compose together; does a file need to match all of the globs in the list, or just one?

    If you work with glob strings a lot, this kind of stuff starts to bite you over and over, and it gets old. Despite their prevalence, glob strings are far from standardized.

    This is particularly annoying when you consider that for 90% of projects, they only care about a particular subset of glob syntax, but we're using these huge globbing libraries despite that.

    This Library's Solution

    So, this library provides a way to find files on disk that match a particular pattern, but it doesn't use glob strings. This makes it:

    • Easier to debug (just drop a console.log in the relevant match rule function)
    • Easier to understand (the library is very small, and its semantics are clearly-defined)
    • Composable (combine multiple patterns together using .and, .andNot, .or, and .inverse)

    Here's a taste of what it looks like:

    // Instead of this:
    import fastGlob from "fast-glob";
    const filePaths = await fastGlob([
    // You do this:
    import glomp from "glomp";
    const filePaths = await glomp

    API Documentation

    Please see api/index.d.ts for API documentation. There are lots of comments.




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