Tooling Tips

This page is intended for sharing less known tips about tools used in this boilerplate. Tools are computer programs that are used to maintain and support electron-react-boilerplate. For example, git, yarn, npm etc.

How to keep commit history clean

When you clone this project and down the line keep your copy updated with the upstream, you end up with lot many commits that are made by contributors to this boilerplate. Meanwhile you too keep committing in your copy in order to develop your project. You may feel that your git log is polluted with commits made to this boilerplate, when you prefer git log to show only those commits that are directly related to your project.

One workaround is to use --depth 1 switch in your git clone and git fetch command.

For example,

# When cloning this boilerplate for the first time
git clone --depth=1 your-project-name
# To fetch updated copy of boilerplate
git fetch --depth 1

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How to add missing +flow-type+ definitions for third party modules

If flow definitions for a module are missing, flow will raise "Required module not found" errors.

For example, clone this repository. Add +material-ui+ to ./package.json.

yarn add material-ui

Then add this line to Counter.js

import AppBar from 'material-ui/AppBar';

If flow is enabled, it will produce following error,

file: 'file:///<Your path>/electron-react-boilerplate/app/components/Counter.js'
severity: 'Error'
message: 'material-ui/AppBar (Required module not found)'
at: '4,20'
source: 'flow'

To get around this issue, add ./flow-typed/<module-name>_vx.x.x.js file, like ./flow-typed/material-ui_vx.x.x.js. Then add following lines to it,

declare module 'module' {
declare module.exports: any;

In our example, it would be

declare module 'material-ui' {
declare module.exports: any;
declare module 'material-ui/AppBar' {
declare module.exports: any;

This would turn off flow-typed errors for the module.

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How to skip building the DLL immediately after install

See our FAQ

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