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    JSLint command-line interface

    This package provides a command-line interface for JSLint.

    The command jslint runs JSLint on each file given on the command line and outputs the list of warnings produced, if any. The format of the warnings is compatible with JSHint. Consequently, existing problem matchers for JSHint will work without changes.

    This package differs from existing offerings in that

    • its major version number is equal to the JSLint »edition«
    • it is automatically updated when a new edition of JSLint is released
    • it contains unaltered JSLint source code
    • the code is itself JSLint-clean
    • it prints property directives automatically when they are incomplete
    • the output is compatible to JSHint
    • it can be used as a module inside another application (both a CommonJS module and an ECMAScript 6 module are provided)
    • it uses Douglas Crockford's parseq for parallelism
    • there is no support for a configuration file


    The major version number of this package indicates the JSLint »edition« it contains. Multiple updates to JSLint on a single day are represented by increasing minor version numbers. The patch version indicates updates to this package itself.


    jslint [-hpv][-g <global>][-o <option>[=<value>]] [files...]

    Run JSLint on the given files and print the warnings, if any.


    -g <global>
    The name of a global variable that the file is allowed readonly access. Can be used multiple times. Also see -o for options which automatically define global variables for well-known environments such as browser or Node.js.
    Print usage instructions and exit.
    -o <option>[=<value>]
    Pass an option to JSLint. Check the JSLint documentation for the full list of options. The option is set to true if no value is given, otherwise it should be a valid JSON string.
    Print a /*property directive which can be pasted into the source file. By default, the directive is only printed if there are warnings about unregistered properties.
    Print the »edition« of the bundled JSLint and exit.

    Exit status

    jslint returns 0 if no warnings were reported, 1 if there was at least one warning or 2 for other errors. In the event of incorrect usage, the exit status is EX_USAGE (64).


    $ jslint src/js/main.js
    /src/jslint-cli/src/js/main.js: line 75, col 1, This function needs a "use strict" pragma.
    /src/jslint-cli/src/js/main.js: line 101, col 1, Expected 'while' to be in a function.
    /src/jslint-cli/src/js/main.js: 2 warnings.

    API usage

    This module can also be used from Node.js code. It is installed using

    $ npm install jslint-cli

    The module exports a single function which expects an array of command-line arguments as described above. See this module if you'd like to use JSLint itself as a Node.js module.

    const jslintCli = require("jslint-cli");


    A shell script is provided for building new packages when this project or the upstream @jkuebart/jslint is updated. It can be run using

    npm run editions

    This creates branches and tags based on the »edition« of the upstream project. Packages still need to be generated and published manually.

    The local branches and tags can be viewed using

    npm run show-branches
    npm run show-tags

    This can be used to automate some tasks, for example:

    npm run show-branches --silent |
    while read b
        git push --set-upstream origin "${b#refs/heads/}:${b#refs/heads/}"


    npm run show-tags --silent |
    while read t
        git checkout "${t#refs/tags/}"
        npm install
        npm publish --access public

    To easily remove automatically created local branches and tags, use

    npm run reset

    There is also a shell script that determines whether the upstream project has been updated.

    npm run show-branches --silent |
    npm run uptodate --silent


    npm i jslint-cli

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