JR Galia JR Galia - 11 days ago 9
Node.js Question

npm WARN package.json: No repository field

I installed expressjs with the following command:

sudo npm install -g express


I have the following warning:

npm WARN package.json range-parser@0.0.4 No repository field.
npm WARN package.json fresh@0.1.0 No repository field.
npm WARN package.json methods@0.0.1 No repository field.
npm WARN package.json methods@0.0.1 No readme data.
npm WARN package.json cookie-signature@1.0.1 No repository field.
npm WARN package.json send@0.1.0 No repository field.
npm WARN package.json pause@0.0.1 No repository field.
npm WARN package.json bytes@0.2.0 No repository field.
npm WARN package.json github-url-from-git@1.1.1 No repository field.
npm WARN package.json assert-plus@0.1.2 No repository field.
npm WARN package.json ctype@0.5.2 No repository field.


Im new to nodejs and expressjs. Why I have the above warnings? Should I be worried?

Answer

It's just a check as of NPM v1.2.20, they report this as a warning.

However, don't worry, there are sooooooo many packages which still don't have the repository field in their package.json. The field is used for informational purposes.

In the case you're a package author, put the repository in your package.json, like this:

"repository": {
  "type": "git",
  "url": "git://github.com/username/repository.git"
}

Read more about the repository field, and see the logged bug for further details.


Additionally, as originally reported by @dan_nl, you can set private key in your package.json.
This will not only stop you from accidentally running npm publish in your app, but will also stop NPM from printing warnings regarding package.json problems.

{
  "name": "my-super-amazing-app",
  "version": "1.0.0",
  "private": true
}