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    Gulp Remaster

    "The Last Gulp Plugin"

    Not the last gulp plugin anyone will ever write, but the last one that absolutely must be written or the plugin of last resort. Remaster is a gulp plugin that allows you to edit Vinyl files directly in your gulp task as they come through the stream. Essentially it is a meta-plugin; if you can't find a plugin that does what you need, use Remaster to get a hold of the Vinyl file objects yourself and edit them.

    You could also write a gulp plugin by wrapping Remaster.


    Like other gulp plugins, Remaster is used by passing an invocation of Remaster to the .pipe() method of a readable Vinyl stream. By default, Remaster will behave much like gulp-clone in that it will make a clone of all Vinyl files found in the stream and pass them on. A more useful invocation of Remaster will pass a file handler function to be run on each file and, optionally, a final handler function to be invoked after the last file is processed but before the stream is closed. There is also an options object syntax that allows setting both handler functions and a few other options.

    If you wanted to build something like a simplistic gulp-filter, you could invoke Remaster something like this:

    var gulp = require('gulp'),
        remaster = require('gulp-remaster');
    var filterPattern = /-test$/;
    gulp.task('example', function(){
      return gulp.src("src/**/*.js")
        .pipe(remaster( function(file, done){
          if(file.isNull || filterPattern.test(file.stem)) {
            // remove file from the stream by calling the callback
            // without an error or a file.
            return done();
          // pass the file on by passing it to the callback
          done(null, file);

    Take a look at the tests for more examples.


    remaster( eachFileHandler[, finalHandler] ) or remaster( options )

    eachFileHandler( file[, encoding], callback ) or eachFile

    Default: internal passthrough file handler

    This is really just a thinly wrapped through2 transform function. For each file in the stream it receives either the file and a callback([err[, file]]) or the file, it's encoding, and a callback([err[, file]]). Remaster will send an error to the callback if it encounters a file (object) that is not a vinyl file (i.e. what gulp streams usually contain.) The callback takes an err - for reporting errors - and a file, which will be pushed to the stream. As with through2, this is set to the stream, so you may call this.push(file) instead of passing the file to the callback.

    finalHandler(callback) or final

    Default: undefined

    This is a through2 flush function. It receives a single callback([err]) which may be passed an error and should be called when you are done with the stream.


    Default: true

    If truthy, Remaster will clone all Vinyl files passed through the stream before passing the clone to the eachFile handler. If an object, it will be passed as an options object to clone.


    Default: undefined

    If truthy, Remaster will check whether every object coming through the stream is a Vinyl file using Vinyl's own test function. This option exists and is off by default in case your workflow passes through things that act like Vinyl files, but are not. You can turn it on if you want to be sure every file object is truely a Vinyl file.


    Default: internal PluginError constructor

    This is a function that will call the gulp-util PluginError constructor used to generate errors inside Remaster. It is exposed here in case you want to use Remaster to simplify writing your own gulp plugin. In that case only, set this to your own function that calls gulp-util's PluginError constructor.

    Additional Reading

    Using Remaster is essentially Writing a Gulp Plugin. You may find the section on modifying file content particularly relevant. Keep in mind that Remaster is just as useful for modifying Vinyl metadata as it is the file contents themselves.


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