Use Git as an npm registry
Managing npm registries sucks. (And arguably, depending on a central privately-controlled npm registry also sucks.) If you're thinking you want or need to run one, then you almost certainly already have a Git server available with all the appropriate users and permissions and everything. npm supports resolving semver ranges against Git tags, so there's no longer a good reason not to abuse Git to deliver built assets.
This shell script creates and tags an orphaned commit that includes only the files that would be included by
npm publish. Before doing so, it also removes the
prepare script from
package.json, if present. When npm installs from a Git repository with a
prepare script, it will also temporarily install
devDependencies and run the
prepare script, which generally would build the project. What they're getting is already the built files, so we don't want that to happen.
- Make sure you're ready to go. The
versionfield in your
package.jsonshould already be incremented, and the
filesfield should point to everything you want to publish.
npm2git.sh. This creates the orphaned commit and tags it
vX.X.X, but does not push it. Inspect the tag to make sure all seems well.
- Push the tag.
Installing from Git
See the npm docs on
npm install for more on how to install from Git repositories. Specify a version either by tag (
#vX.X.X) or by semver specification (
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