Efficient, concurrent work via batch-mode command-line tools from within Node.js.
Many command line tools, like ExifTool, PowerShell, and GraphicsMagick, support running in a "batch mode" that accept a series of discrete commands provided through stdin and results through stdout. As these tools can be fairly large, spinning them up can be expensive (especially on Windows).
This module allows you to run a series of commands, or
Tasks, processed by a
cluster of these processes.
This module manages both a queue of pending tasks, feeding processes pending tasks when they are idle, as well as monitoring the child processes for errors and crashes. Batch processes are also recycled after processing N tasks or running for N seconds, in an effort to minimize the impact of any potential memory leaks.
As of version 4, retry logic for tasks is a separate concern from this module.
This package powers exiftool-vendored, whose source you can examine as an example consumer.
Depending on your yarn/npm preference:
$ yarn add batch-cluster # or $ npm install --save batch-cluster
The child process must use
stdout for control/response.
BatchCluster will ensure a given process is only given one task at a time.
Create a singleton instance of BatchCluster.
Note the constructor options takes a union type of
Implement the Parser class to parse results from your child process.
See src/test.ts for an example child process. Note that the script is designed to be flaky on order to test BatchCluster's retry and error handling code.
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