user2712585 user2712585 - 8 months ago 51
Node.js Question

How do I get rid of error "'.' is not recognized as an internal or external command" when running 'npm install' for MEAN stack?

downloaded mean stck zip from
did an npm install
after few minutes I got an error. Please see screenshot. what do I do?


npm http 200

> mean@1.0.0 postinstall C:\ss\D1\google\04\mean\mean-stack
> ./node_modules/bower/bin/bower install

'.' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
npm ERR! weird error 1
npm ERR! not ok code 0


Looks like mean stacks postinstall script is hardcoded with Unix style paths. In Unix ./somethig/or/another signifies accessing the something directory starting HERE (the meaning of .).

I'd suggest submitting a bug on their GitHub page to start. Then you might be able to get away with editing the package.json to have the post install script use Windows style paths. It would be something like node_modules\bower\bin\bower install. I don't have windows so cannot say for certain.