simple-bin-help
Simple help and sanity checks for Node CLI bin scripts
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simple-bin-help

Simple help and sanity checks for Node CLI bin scripts

NPM

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Install

npm install --save simple-bin-help

Use example

Imagine for example that your bin script needs at least a single string argument, like this my-tool "foo". Then we can output simple help like this

#!/usr/bin/env node

require('simple-bin-help')({
  minArguments: 3,
  packagePath: __dirname + '/../package.json',
  help: 'use: my-tool <a string>'
});

Api

Single options object, with the following properties

var options = {
  noExit: true | false, // simple-bin-help by default calls process.exit
  help: 'help string',  // to display if invalid arguments
  minArguments: n,      // min number of arguments to check
  pkg: packageObject,   // package (or pkg) object or path for better message
  packagePath: 'path/to/package.json',
  onFail: fn            // user-supplied function to be called after help has been shown
};
require('simple-bin-help')(options);

If noExit is true, the call simply shows the error message if number of arguments is invalid and returns a boolean result.

For more examples, see examples/basic.js file that calls the method with several permutations.

Passing arguments

You might do your own argument pre-processing before calling this module. In this case pass the list of arguments as the second argument

var args = process.argv.filter(myFilter);
require('simple-bin-help')(options, args);

Bonus features

  • Includes and calls the update-notifier module by default.
  • If passed -h or --help option, shows the help message.
  • If passed -v or --version option, shows the package version.

Debug

Run code with DEBUG=simple-bin-help ... environment variable

Small print

Author: Gleb Bahmutov © 2015

License: MIT - do anything with the code, but don't blame me if it does not work.

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MIT License

Copyright (c) 2015 Gleb Bahmutov

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

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