Maverick Maverick - 1 year ago 292
Node.js Question

npm not reading .npmrc file

I'm trying to install a library from a private repository, and I keep getting an error in trying to use npm.

I'm using:
OSX Mavericks 10.9.3
Node v0.10.28
npm 1.4.10 (this was installed after trying with 1.4.13 and it still not working)

I am running this from my home directory, and the

file is in the directory.

whenever I run the command:
npm install 'library name here'

I get the following error:

npm http GET
npm http 404
npm ERR! 404 404 Not Found: dslib-js
npm ERR! 404
npm ERR! 404 'dslib-js' is not in the npm registry.
npm ERR! 404 You should bug the author to publish it
npm ERR! 404
npm ERR! 404 Maybe try 'npm search dslib'
npm ERR! 404
npm ERR! 404 Note that you can also install from a
npm ERR! 404 tarball, folder, or http url, or git url.

npm ERR! System Darwin 13.2.0
npm ERR! command "node" "/usr/local/bin/npm" "install" "dslib-js"
npm ERR! cwd /Users/marcos.pedreiro
npm ERR! node -v v0.10.28
npm ERR! npm -v 1.4.10
npm ERR! code E404
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Additional logging details can be found in:
npm ERR! /Users/marcos.pedreiro/npm-debug.log
npm ERR! not ok code 0


When I run
ls -a
(in the home directory) this is the output:

. .ssh Music
.. .subversion Pictures
.CFUserTextEncoding .vagrant.d Public
.DS_Store Applications VirtualBox VMs
.Trash Desktop clients
.bash_history Documents dev
.gradle Downloads npm-debug.log
.matlab Google Drive ~:.npmrc
.npm Library ~:.npmrc.template
.npmrc.bak Movies

This is the output of the command
npm config ls -l | grep config

; cli configs
globalconfig = "/usr/local/etc/npmrc"
userconfig = "/Users/marcos.pedreiro/.npmrc"

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Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Answer Source

If what you posted is truly the output of ls -a, then the filename is wrong.

~:.npmrc should be named .npmrc.

The ~ at the beginning suggests you used a shell shortcut to place the file in your home directory (maybe something like cp .npmrc ~:.npmrc. The trouble is likely the colon. ~/ will be interpreted as "my home directory", but ~something/ will be interpreted as the home directory of the user named something. Since there is no user something, the system is probably just treated ~: as literal text.

Try renaming the file and see if that works:

mv "~:.npmrc" .npmrc
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