Getting up and running¶
8.x is required for Indium to work.
Installing a recent version of NodeJS¶
If your distribution ships an old version of NodeJS, you can install a more recent version using nvm:
$ curl -o- https://raw.githubusercontent.com/creationix/nvm/v0.33.2/install.sh | bash
nvm is install, you can easily install and use the version of NodeJS
$ nvm install v8 $ nvm alias default v8 $ node --version
If you install NodeJS using
nvm, chances are that Emacs won’t have it in its
exec path. A simple solution is to use the excellent exec-path-from-shell package.
Executing NodeJS from Emacs¶
Indium can start NodeJS processes and connect to them automatically. This is the preferred way of using Indium with NodeJS.
Start a process with
M-x indium-run-node. Once the process is ready, Indium
will connect to it and open a REPL buffer.
The output from the NodeJS process is appended to the
*nodejs process* buffer.
When a nodejs process has been started with
indium-run-node, it can be
Indium will append the
--inspect flag to the command-line
arguments automatically, so you do not need to provide them.
If you wish to break the execution at the first statement, set
Connecting to a Nodejs process¶
To connect to an existing NodeJS process, make sure that process was started
node --inspect myfile.js
If you wish to break on the first line of the application code, start node using:
node --inspect --debug-brk myfile.js
Node will tell you to open an URL in Chrome:
M-x indium-connect-to-nodejs RET 127.0.0.1 RET PORT RET PATH,
PATH are the ones from the ws parameter of the above URL.
Connecting Indium to the node process will open a debugger on the first line of
the application code if you passed the CLI argument
60.0 is required for Indium to properly work (debugging
Start Chrome/Chromium with the
--remote-debugging-port flag like the following:
chromium --remote-debugging-port=9222 https://localhost:3000
Make sure that no instance of Chrome is already running, otherwise Chrome will
simply open a new tab on the existing Chrome instance, and the
remote-debugging-port will not be set.
To connect to a tab, run from Emacs:
Using local files when debugging¶
Indium can use local files when debugging, or to set breakpoints.
NodeJS, or when the connected tab uses the
URL, Indium will by itself use local files from disk. In this case
there is nothing to setup.
If the Chrome connection uses the
https:// protocol, you will
setting up a workspace.
To do that, place an empty
.indium marker file in the root folder where your
web server serves static files.
The root folder where the
.indium file should be put is not always the
containing static files. Most of the time, it is at least one level above.
Given the following project structure:
project/ (current directory) www/ index.html css/ style.css js/ app.js .indium
Indium will lookup the file
www/js/app.js for the URL
In order for this setup to work, make sure to call
indium-connect-to-chrome from somewhere within the workspace