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How to process a large (1000+ files) directory of files with Node.js?

How to process a large (1000+ files) directory of files with Node.js?


So, I have a fairly large Directory of files that I need to process continually using a long-running process in a NodeJS application. The directory is being continually processed and emptied, but it's not uncommon for 1000+ files to be in line for processing at any given time - they're gzipped CSV files, so my naive solution was to grab the directory listing, iterate over the files, open each, parse them, then continue, like this:

files = fs.readdirSync 'directory'

for filename in files
  file_path = path.resolve path.join 'directory', filename
  fd = fs.openSync file_path, 'r'
  buf = new Buffer fs.statSync(file_path).size
  fs.readSync fd, buf, 0, len, 0
  fs.closeSync fd
  zlib.gunzip buf, (err, buf) =>
    throw err if err
    content = buf.toString().split("\n")
    for line in content
      # parse, process content, archive file

I'm quickly running up against an EMFILE (Too Many Open Files) error. Please excuse the Sync versions of the fs functions, and the coffeescript.

Is there a better way of processing a massive number of files in a managed way? Ultimately I'd like to use something like a single Parsing Stream - I know how to do that with a single large (or even growing) file, but not with a directory full of separate files.

The files are being generated by a large number of disparate clients to a public-facing web server, which then synchronises them regularly to my input directory over a secure protocol. Not an ideal setup, but necessary given the specific nature of the system, and it explains why I can't simply alter the files to be say, a single multiplexed stream.

Problem courtesy of: HowlingEverett


Not exactly a parsing stream but could be a step towards it:

You could use to limit de number of concurrent files being processed. You just have to define what resource are to be pooled.

In your case I assume the resource to pool should be a file processor so that only one or a few can live at once.

You can also have some kind of iterator method to streamline which file is to be processed next.

EDIT: Completing my answer. I had a go at your problem and tried this

Solution courtesy of: Floby


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