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Allow node modules to be installed from svn repos


Installing this module will make changes to your project's package.json file.

Installing this module via npm install will add an install hook to your project's package.json. Once this hook is added anytime your run npm install for your project svn-npm-crutch looks through your package.json file for an svnDependencies block where you can list your subversion stored node modules.

Getting Started

Install with npm install svn-npm-crutch

"dependencies": {
    "svn-npm-crutch": "git://"

After installing svn-npm-crutch you may use list dependencies from subversion repositories in your package.json under a "svnDependencies" key. e.g.

"svnDependencies": {
    "svn-module": "svn://path/to/svn/repo/trunk"


(Coming soon)


Run a test with grunt test then take a look at ./test/tmp


Why grunt test instead of npm test? Running npm test initializes some environment variables. We could go through and clean that up during the testing process... but it's easier to just test with grunt directly.


  • More tests... yep
  • Be less invasive? Right now this rewrites your entire package.json after adding it's install hook using JSON.stringify... This isn't horrible but clobbers things like white space.
  • Don't perform an svn update if a specific repo tag/revision number is specified... maybe clean out the old module and do a fresh checkout?
  • Better detection of when the module is being installed as a dependency vs being itself installed (i.e. running npm install on the project itself)


In lieu of a formal styleguide, take care to maintain the existing coding style. Add unit tests for any new or changed functionality. Lint and test your code using grunt.

Release History

  • 0.3.0
  • Tests added
  • 0.4.0
  • Refactored install routine
  • More descriptive status reporting
  • Performs svn update after attempting to install (get module changes)
  • 0.4.1
  • Make sure updates to svn modules are fetched
  • 0.5.0
  • Share stdio with childprocesses, allow for svn prompts to be addresses
  • More efficient testing... us npm programmatically to install this mod in a test dir
  • 0.5.3
  • Added a svn cleanup phase after the svn checkout and svn update phases
  • Using cp.exec to run npm install rather than cp.spawn... seems to be an issue on Windows


Copyright (c) 2012 iVantage Health Analytics Licensed under the MIT license.