Bring your own file system for globbing by proxying the cache

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Bring your own file system for globbing by proxying the cache


This library uses some implementation detail of the glob package by adding Proxies to specific cache options. Since the cache is always checked before executing a certain file system operation, this package completely bypasses the underlying fs module.

By its very nature a cache is synchronous. Therefore all proxied file system operations need to return synchronously. That's why this package only makes sense for glob.sync. It also works for the async counterpart, but since file system access is sync behind the scenes, this is rather useless.

Creating an interceptor

You can create an interceptor by calling createGlobInterceptor(fs) and providing an object that implements the following interface for file system access:

/** A minimal abstraction of FileSystem operations needed to provide a cache proxy for 'glob'. None of the methods are expected to throw. */
export interface GlobFileSystem {
    /** Returns `true` if the specified `path` is a directory, `undefined` if it doesn't exist and `false` otherwise. */
    isDirectory(path: string): boolean | undefined;
    /** Returns `true` if the specified `path` is a symlink, `false` in all other cases. */
    isSymbolicLink(path: string): boolean;
    /** Get the entries of a directory as string array. Will only be called on paths where `isDirectory` returns `true`*/
    readDirectory(dir: string): string[];
    /** Get the realpath of a given `path` by resolving all symlinks in the path. */
    realpath(path: string): string;

For convenience there is a utility function fromNodeLikeFileSystem, that returns an instance of GlobFileSystem for a given file system compatible with Node's fs module.

import {Volume} from "memfs";
import {fromNodeLikeFileSystem, createGlobInterceptor} from "glob-interceptor";

const interceptor = createGlobInterceptor(fromNodeLikeFileSystem(Volume.fromJSON({/* your in-memory files go here*/})));

Using the interceptor

With the previously created interceptor you can now invoke glob.sync to intercept all file system interaction:

let result = glob.sync('**' /* any pattern you want */, {nodir: true /* any options you like */, ...interceptor});
// or if you are targeting a runtime without object spread, you can use `Object.assign` instead
result = glob.sync('**' /* any pattern you want */, Object.assign({nodir: true /* any options you like */}, interceptor));

You can reuse an interceptor as often as you want or need.

Note that interceptor contains the following properties: cache, statCache, realpathCache, symlinks. If you add one of these properties to your options object, they will be overridden by the ones from interceptor. If you explicitly override any of these properties with your own, the interceptor will not work as expected.


Unless your implementation of GlobFileSystem does some caching, it will always execute the underlying binding. There's a utility function memoizeFileSystem to add caching to your GlobFileSystem:

import {fromNodeLikeFileSystem, createGlobInterceptor, memoizeFileSystem} from "glob-interceptor";
import fs from "fs";

const interceptor = createGlobInterceptor(memoizeFileSystem(fromNodeLikeFileSystem(fs)));


MIT © Klaus Meinhardt