nohoist in Workspaces

  • First, let’s take a quick tour on how hoist work in standalone projects: – – To reduce redundancy, most package managers employ some kind of hoisting scheme to extract and flatten all dependent modules, as much as possible, into a centralized location.
  • In such project, modules could be scattered in multiple locations: – – yarn workspaces can share modules across child projects/packages by hoisting them up to their parent project’s node_modules: .
  • Consequently, workspaces developers often witness “module not found” related errors when building from the child project: – – For this monorepo project to reliably find any module from anywhere, it needs to traverse each nodemodules tree: *“monorepo/nodemodules”* and .
  • There are indeed many ways library owners can address these issues, such as multi-root, custom module map, clever traversing scheme, among others… However, – – It is frustrating when a solution worked for a standalone project only fell short in the monorepo environment.
  • Module path is a virtual path of the dependency tree, not an actual file path, so no need to specify “node_modules” or “packages” in the nohoist pattern.

As wonderful as yarn workspaces are, the rest of the community hasn’t yet fully caught up with the monorepo hoisting scheme. The introducing of the nohoist i…
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