Usage no npm install needed!

<script type="module">
  import bufferappPublish from 'https://cdn.skypack.dev/@bufferapp/publish';


Buffer Publish

Previously Project Donut 🍩

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Quick Start

To get started on development:

Checkout the publish branch in buffer-dev repo and then run ./dev setup && ./dev up

If you need to start the server by itself:

npm run init
npm start


Currently the login service does not exist yet, however there are two methods exposed that trigger a login and logout


Type this in the Javascript Console (with your credentials):

clientId and clientSecret are credentials from creating a Buffer app: https://local.buffer.com/developers/apps

You'll likely need to grab clientSecret directly from Mongo using ./dev mongo.

  email: 'admin@bufferapp.com',
  password: 'password',
  clientId: 'clientId',
  clientSecret: 'clientSecret',


Type this in the Javascript Console:


Publishing Packages


npm login

Make Package Changes

Make changes in a branch and get them reviewed in PR (our current flow)

Bring Changes Into Master

Rebase (or merge if you're more comfortable with that flow) the reviewed branch into master (our current flow)

Pull Master

Sanity check to make sure you've got the latest changes

git pull


Important - this command must be run with npm run publish - otherwise it doesn't pick up the logged in NPM user

npm run publish

After running this command you'll be prompted with the following menu

lerna info Comparing with tag v0.5.27
? Select a new version (currently 0.5.27) (Use arrow keys)
❯ Patch (0.5.28)
  Minor (0.6.0)
  Major (1.0.0)
  Prepatch (0.5.28-0)
  Preminor (0.6.0-0)
  Premajor (1.0.0-0)

Under most cases you'll likely use a Patch. If you're unsure, this is a great question to ask the team.

This picks up all changed packages and updates versions automatically. It also pushes the version tag to Git. For more info on the publish command: https://github.com/lerna/lerna#publish

Issues Seen


If you run git tags you'll see vundefined listed as a tag. This happened when trying to do a publish on a branch that had git hashes changed due to a rebase. This also blocks publishing complaining about a git hash missing. To fix this one just delete the vundefined and undoing the related version update commits. This is a great one to ask for help!

NPM Commands


This runs yarn (to install) on each package and symlinks local packages.


Deletes all node_modules from all packages. Use this first if you see any odd dependency errors and then follow with npm run bootstrap;


Runs yarn test on all packages


Runs yarn run test-update on all packages to update all snapshot tests


Runs yarn on the top level package and then runs yarn run bootstrap to setup all packages.


Start up the publish service (dev mode starts up webpack with hot module reloading).


This publishes the changed packages on NPM - Important this command must be run with npm run publish - otherwise it doesn't pick up the logged in NPM user

Adding New Dependencies

Adding packages to a lerna projects is slightly different than adding to a standard node package. Common devDependencies can be added to the top level package.json file. For more details on that: https://github.com/lerna/lerna#common-devdependencies

Adding A Common Dependencies

This is the most likely scenario you'll face.

in the root directory (buffer-publish/) run the follwing commands:

npm run -SDE some-cool-package
npm run bootstrap

This makes some-cool-package available to all packages

Creating A Dependency To Another Local Package

To create a dependency to the login package from the example package:

In the example package add the following entry in the packages/example/package.json file under the dependencies key:

  //...other stuff...
    //...other dependencies...
    "@bufferapp/login": "0.0.1", // this version must be exact otherwise it fetches from npm


The version number must be exact to link local packages, otherwise it will (try to) fetch the package from NPM.

Add A Dependency That Runs A Binary

An example of this would be eslint or jest. These should be added to the individual package:

cd packages/example/
npm run -SDE jest

How Packages Communicate

At a high level each package communicates using the Observer Pattern through the Redux store. This means that each package receives all events and decides whether to modify their own state or ignore the event. An event (or action) flows from the originator to all other packages (including itself):

Package-A ---action--->Redux Store--->Package-B
  ^                             |

If you need to listen to another packages events, import the actionTypes into the package you're building:

// handle app initialized
export default (state, action) => {
  switch (action.type) {
    case 'APP_INIT':
      return {
        initialized: true,
      return state;


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