Can't import nodejs module using absolute file path (meteor, linux. Works fine on Windows)

I’m trying to import a file in server.js of a meteor project on Linux. For example:

 var temp = require('/home/HaveAGitGat/Documents/test.js');

I get the following error:

 Error: Cannot find module '/home/HaveAGitGat/Documents/test.js'

The confusing thing is this works fine on Windows using meteor. It also works fine on Linux when running pure nodejs files without meteor.

Any ideas on a resolution?

Welcome to the forums!

I’m surprised that it works in Windows, as Meteor has special semantics where a leading / refers to the project root.
This is primarily because the Meteor bundler collects and transpiles the dependency graph into a temporary build, so accessing files outside the application directory doesn’t make a lot of sense.

You could theoretically get around this by reading the file’s contents with fs and eval-ing it

Why do you want to require a file outside the application anyway?

Just gave this a quick test on my Mac and (as expected) could not require modules outside the application.

I did get the fs + eval approach to work:

const hwSource = fs.readFileSync('/Users/fredstark/helloworld.js', 'utf8');
const hwFunc = new Function('module', hwSource);
const hwModule = { exports: {} };
const hw = hwModule.exports;

Using a very rough approximation of common-js module loading

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Thanks for the idea! I’ll give it a go. The issue is I’m trying to read user-configurable data from the user’s Documents folder for a desktop application so I’d like to do it this way rather than have the user dig into all the sub-folders of the application to modify things.

That makes sense!

I’d load with fs and parse. Which is much easier if the config is json/yaml/toml/etc instead of actual javascript, but it can be done

This worked perfectly on Windows and Ubuntu, thanks!