nodejs Get random line from file
mwilki7 (287)

How do I get the contents of a text file to an array in nodejs?
Here is my repl:
I'm trying to open a file, save the array into a global variable to use it later.

I'm using a callback function to proceed after the file is read but these variables

var adjectives = [ ]; 
var nouns = [ ];

show up empty after file reading.

For example,

console.log("First file read");
fs.readFile('adjectives.txt', function(err, data)
    if (err) throw err;
    adjectives = data.toString().split("\n");

    console.log(data.toString().split("\n"); // shows normal array
    console.log(adjectives); // shows empty
}, firstPart());

doesn't seem to follow through the assignment synchronously.

I've tried fs.readFileSync(...) but that didn't work either.
Anyone have any ideas how to get random lines in text files with nodejs?

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Answered by JustARatherRidi (190) [earned 5 cycles]
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mwilki7 (287)

dag nab this stoopid documentation I mistook
fs.readFile(path[, options], callback)
for three arguments

Thanks for the help, my mind was beginning to melt around this simple operation.