extra

parse extra arguments to a command after "--"

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extra
parse extra arguments to a command after "--"
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Ever want to create a command that spawned another command, and let the user pass arguments and environment variables to it?
extra modifies process.argv and parses out command/arguments/etc passed after -- in the argument list, which enables you to spawn a separate command with the result, and still use commander.js or other "strict" argument checking libraries which would normally complain about unknown arguments.

Usage

var extra = require('extra')
  , cmd = require('commander')
  , spawn = require('child_process').spawn

var e = extra();
cmd.parse(process.argv);
if (cmd.args[0] === 'spawn') {
  spawn(e.cmd, e.args, {env: e.env});
}

Example

Use extra() to spawn an arbitrary command with user-specified options.
#!/usr/bin/env node
var extra = require('extra')
  , program = require('commander')
  , spawn = require('child_process').spawn

var e = extra();

program
  .command('spawn')
  .usage('[options] -- <cmd> [cmd_options] [cmd_args...]')
  .option('--fork', 'fork the process and exit')
  .action(function (cmd) {
    var proc = spawn(e.cmd, e.args, {env: e.env});
    if (cmd.fork) {
      process.exit();
    }
    proc.stdout.pipe(process.stdout);
    proc.stderr.pipe(process.stderr);
    process.on('exit', function () {
      proc.kill();
    });
  })

program.parse(process.argv);

if (!program.args.length) program.outputHelp();

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License: MIT

  • Copyright (C) 2013 Carlos Rodriguez (http://s8f.org/)
  • Copyright (C) 2013 Terra Eclipse, Inc. (http://www.terraeclipse.com/)

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