Temporary files, directories or names!


Keywords
tmp, temp, tmpfile, tempfile, tmpdir, tempdir, temporary, filename, random
License
MIT
Install
npm install temp-fs@0.9.9

Documentation

temp-fs

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A temporary file and directory creator for io.js and Node.js™.

Just like raszi/node-tmp and bruce/node-temp, it can safely create temporary files and directories without worrying a lot of about race conditions as long as you don't do some tricky things. ;-) You can also let this module track the files or directories you created and delete them when the program exits.

Installation

npm install temp-fs
var tempfs = require('temp-fs');

// Create a tempfile in the system-provided tempdir.
tempfs.open(function (err, file) {
    if (err) { throw err; }

    console.log(file.path, file.fd);
    // async
    file.unlink(function () {
        console.log('File delected');
    });
    // sync
    // No problem even if unlink() is called twice.
    file.unlink();
});

// Create a tempdir in current directory.
tempfs.mkdir({
    dir: '.',
    recursive: true,  // It and its content will be remove recursively.
    track: true  // Track this directory.
}, function (err, dir) {
    if (err) { throw err; }

    console.log(dir.path, dir.recursive);
    throw new Error('Since it is tracked, tempfs will remove it for you.');
    dir.unlink();
});

APIs

options

  • limit: Number

    The maximum number of chance to retry before throwing an error. It should be a finite number. Default: 5

  • recursive: Boolean

    Whether unlink() should remove a directory recursively. Default: false

  • track: Boolean

    If set to true, let temp-fs manage the the current file/directory for you even if the global tracking is off. If set to false, don't let temp-fs manage it even if the global tracking is on. Otherwise, use the current global setting.

  • mode: Number

    File mode (default: 0600) or directory mode (default: 0700) to use.

  • name: String

    If set, join the two paths options.dir || tempfs.dir() and options.name together and use the result as the customized filename/pathname.

  • dir: String

    Where to put the generated tempfile or tempdir. Also see options.name above. Default: tempfs.dir()

  • prefix: String

    The prefix for the generated random name. Default: "tmp-"

  • suffix: String

    The suffix for the generated random name. Default: ""

  • template: String

    A string containing some capital letters Xs for substitution with random characters. Then it is used as part of the filename/dirname. Just like what you do with the mktemp (3) function in the C library.

tempfs.track(on = true)

Use it to switch global files/directories tracking on or off. Turn it on if you don't want to manually delete everything. When it is turned off, all recorded files and directories will not be removed but still kept in case it is turned on again before the program exits.

This switch does not affect manually tracked files through options.track. They will be removed automatically on exit.

Note: When an uncaught exception occurs, all tracked temporary files and directories will be removed no matter it is on or off.

tempfs.dir()

Return the path of a system-provided tempdir as require('os').tmpdir() does. You should not make any assumption about whether the path contains a trailing path separator, or it is a real path. On most system it is not a fixed path, and it can be changed by the user environment. When in doubt, check it first.

tempfs.name([options])

Return a customized/random filename/dirname. Options are documented at options.

tempfs.open([options], [callback])

Try to open a unique tempfile asynchronously. The callback function receives two arguments error and file. If error is null, file has these properties:

  • path: The absolute path to the tempfile.
  • fd: An integer file descriptor.
  • unlink: A special function for you to delete the file. If you invoke it with a callback function, it will become asynchronous. If the file is not tracked, it may throw when an error occurs or the first argument of the callback function will be an Error object.

tempfs.openSync([options]): file

The synchronous version of tempfs.open. It will throw when an error happens.

tempfs.mkdir([options], [callback])

Try to create a new tempdir asynchronously. The callback function receives two arguments error and dir. If error is null, dir has these properties:

  • path: The absolute path to the tempdir.
  • recursive: Whether unlink() will remove the tempdir recursively.
  • unlink: A special function for you to remove the directory. If you invoke it with a callback function, it will become asynchronous. If the directory is not tracked, it may throw when an error occurs or the first argument of the callback function will be an Error object.

tempfs.mkdirSync([options]): dir

The synchronous version of tempfs.mkdir. It will throw when an error happens.

tempfs.clear([callback])

Remove all tracked files and directories asynchronously.

tempfs.clearSync()

Remove all tracked files and directories synchronously.

License

The MIT License (MIT)