# Disallow string concatenation when using __dirname and __filename (no-path-concat)

In Node.js, the __dirname and __filename global variables contain the directory path and the file path of the currently executing script file, respectively. Sometimes, developers try to use these variables to create paths to other files, such as:

var fullPath = __dirname + "/foo.js";

However, there are a few problems with this. First, you can’t be sure what type of system the script is running on. Node.js can be run on any computer, including Windows, which uses a different path separator. It’s very easy, therefore, to create an invalid path using string concatenation and assuming Unix-style separators. There’s also the possibility of having double separators, or otherwise ending up with an invalid path.

In order to avoid any confusion as to how to create the correct path, Node.js provides the path module. This module uses system-specific information to always return the correct value. So you can rewrite the previous example as:

var fullPath = path.join(__dirname, "foo.js");

This example doesn’t need to include separators as path.join() will do it in the most appropriate manner. Alternately, you can use path.resolve() to retrieve the fully-qualified path:

var fullPath = path.resolve(__dirname, "foo.js");

Both path.join() and path.resolve() are suitable replacements for string concatenation wherever file or directory paths are being created.

Rule Details

This rule aims to prevent string concatenation of directory paths in Node.js

The following patterns are considered problems:

/*eslint no-path-concat: 2*/

var fullPath = __dirname + "/foo.js";  /*error Use path.join() or path.resolve() instead of + to create paths.*/

var fullPath = __filename + "/foo.js"; /*error Use path.join() or path.resolve() instead of + to create paths.*/

The following patterns are not considered problems:

/*eslint no-path-concat: 2*/

var fullPath = dirname + "/foo.js";

When Not To Use It

If you want to allow string concatenation of path names.

Version

This rule was introduced in ESLint 0.4.0.

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