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    This library helps you process files, especially for command-line programs. It accepts a filename or an Array of filenames and will read the files sequentially. When the content loads for a file, your callback will be called. Has built-in support for reading from stdin, both when passed no files to load and when passed "-", per many Unix/Linux commands.

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    Use npm to install this package.

    npm install --save process-files

    Next you need a bit of JavaScript. Let's say you want to just load up two files and display them to the screen.

    var processFiles = require('process-files');
    ], function (err, data, filename) {
        // Check for errors
        if (err) {
            // When errors are passed, `data` and `filename` are undefined.
            console.error('Error reading ' + err.filename, err.toString());
        console.log('Contents of ' + filename);


    This library is geared for use in a program that uses the command line. When a filename of - is specified there, typically programs use stdin, such as cat - > test.txt would take all input and write it to test.txt.

    processFiles('-', function (err, data) {
        if (err) {
            console.error('Error', err.toString());
        } else {

    When passed an empty list of files or when passed the file -, standard input is automatically read.

    processFiles(function (err, data, filename) {
        // Even though no files were listed, this reads from stdin.
        // The file is always '-' when reading from stdin
        console.log('Filename: ' + filename);  // "Filename: -"

    Need to work with data asynchronously? Not a problem. You have two choices.

    // "done" callback
    processFiles(arrayOfFiles, function (err, data, filename, done) {
        // Make text more 1337 for those h4ck3rs.
        data = data.replace(/e/ig, '3');
        data = data.replace(/l/ig, '1');
        data = data.replace(/a/ig, '4');
        data = data.replace(/t/ig, '7');
        fs.writeFile(filename, data, done);
    // Promises
    processFiles(arrayOfFiles, function (err, data, filename) {
        var promise, resolver;
        promise = new Promise(function (resolve) {
            setTimeout(resolve, 30000);  // 30 second delay
        return promise;

    That's all fine and good, but how do I know that I am done with the list of files? How about another callback?

    processFiles(arrayOfFiles, function (err, data, filename) {
        // This is where you would process files
    }, function () {
        console.log('All done processing files');

    You can also specify options.

    processFiles(arrayOfFiles, {
        encoding: 'utf8'
    }, function (err, data, filename) {
        // Process file content here

    processFiles([files], [options], callback, [completionCallback])

    The library only exports this one function. Parameters are detailed below.


    This can be a single string filename, an array of filenames, or omitted. When omitted or an empty array is passed, stdin is read instead.

    If there is a file of "-", then stdin is read instead for that one file.


    Options object.

    • encoding - Specify the type of file encoding for input files. Defaults to "utf8".

    callback(err, data, filename, [done])

    Callback to execute when the file's content is loaded.

    When a fourth parameter is specified, then processFiles will wait until the done callback is called.

    When fewer than four parameters are specified, the callback may return a promise. File loading will be suspended until the promise is resolved or rejected. If anything other than a promise is returned or if there was no returned value, processing will continue immediately.


    No data is passed to the completion callback. It is executed when processFiles is done processing all files.


    If you want to work on this library, you need to check out the repository and run npm install to get the dependencies.

    Tests are always included. Make sure tests cover your changes. To run the current tests, just use npm test or grunt test (they will run the same test suite).


    This software is licensed under an MIT license with an additional non-advertising clause.


    npm i process-files

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