Incremental rebuilding, including operating on full file sets

The trouble with incremental rebuilds is you often want to operate on all processed files, not just single files. For example, you may want to lint and module-wrap just the file(s) that have changed, then concatenate it with all other linted and module-wrapped files. This is difficult without the use of temp files.

Use gulp-cached and gulp-remember to achieve this.

var gulp = require('gulp');
var header = require('gulp-header');
var footer = require('gulp-footer');
var concat = require('gulp-concat');
var jshint = require('gulp-jshint');
var cached = require('gulp-cached');
var remember = require('gulp-remember');

var scriptsGlob = 'src/**/*.js';

gulp.task('scripts', function() {
  return gulp.src(scriptsGlob)
      .pipe(cached('scripts'))        // only pass through changed files
      .pipe(jshint())                 // do special things to the changed files...
      .pipe(header('(function () {')) // e.g. jshinting ^^^
      .pipe(footer('})();'))          // and some kind of module wrapping
      .pipe(remember('scripts'))      // add back all files to the stream
      .pipe(concat('app.js'))         // do things that require all files

gulp.task('watch', function () {
  var watcher =, ['scripts']); // watch the same files in our scripts task
  watcher.on('change', function (event) {
    if (event.type === 'deleted') {                   // if a file is deleted, forget about it
      delete cached.caches.scripts[event.path];       // gulp-cached remove api
      remember.forget('scripts', event.path);         // gulp-remember remove api

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