npm install selfexjs
It uses the LZW packer method from Rosetta Code (replacing one from www.whak.ca which had been hacked to attempt to generate data in a pseudo document textarea mess). As a research project on the possibilities of using this with node, there is no copyright issue. For commercial server use, this may not be the case. But then again, you might just use the compression middleware module off github. Which is why I went for a medium LZW with UTF-8 output (plenty left to compress), making a casual code crypt.
Added in a file cache server, which is simplistic. It does not handle file permissions. Thus can be used to generate cache files from code which generates them. It allows concatenation of many files, and the first parameter if a string makes a blank file. If it is a function, it does nothing. If it is an array of functions and strings mixed, it uses the function to make all following string filenames until the next function is encountered. A file must be flushed before it can be recalculated by a function.
A pack cache server is now included, which prefixes "editable/" on to a requested file, and packs it down to be the file requested, and returns the content as a string to serve. It works on a double layer of total page and page section caching.
I have made it easy to get an Express app with inbuilt less, form data and JSON parsing, have added logging automatically, along with favicon.ico serving. Also a downloads function sets up an app server which static serves dowloads with and auto save dialog.
There is also a packServe callback which can be used with app.use to pack and serve with a cache the contents of the "editable/" directory. This also places the final pack page in the "cache/" directory (the first serve). The intermediates placed in the base directory are only ever used if the "cache/" copy does not exist. This makes it possible to edit a site without destroying service. For example various notifications can be edited in, and the site can activate them all at once when they "look good".