E.H. E.H. - 1 year ago 117
Node.js Question

Npm install failed with "cannot run in wd"

I am trying to get my node environment set up on a new Ubuntu 12.04 instance, with Node 0.8.14 already installed, but I ran into problems when I try to run

npm install
So when I try
npm install
, it says that I need to run it as root or adminisrator:

Error: EACCES, mkdir '/usr/local/lib/node_modules/coffee-script'
npm ERR! { [Error: EACCES, mkdir '/usr/local/lib/node_modules/coffee-script']
npm ERR! errno: 3,
npm ERR! code: 'EACCES',
npm ERR! path: '/usr/local/lib/node_modules/coffee-script',
npm ERR! fstream_type: 'Directory',
npm ERR! fstream_path: '/usr/local/lib/node_modules/coffee-script',
npm ERR! fstream_class: 'DirWriter',
npm ERR! fstream_stack:
npm ERR! [ 'DirWriter._create (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/fstream/lib/dir-writer.js:36:23)',
npm ERR! '/usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/mkdirp/index.js:37:53',
npm ERR! 'Object.oncomplete (fs.js:297:15)' ] }
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Please try running this command again as root/Administrator.

But when try to run it as sudo, it says the following:

npm WARN cannot run in wd PackNodeDev@0.0.1-166 npm install -g coffee-script node-gyp (wd=/home/ubuntu/PackNode)

In my package.json, it contains the following scripts:

"scripts": {
"preinstall": "npm install -g coffee-script node-gyp",
"start": "node server.js",
"test": "mocha --require should --compilers coffee:coffee-script --colors"

The rest of devdependencies are valid since I have been installing it all right on my own machine (Mac)
Does anyone have a clue why this is happening?

Answer Source

OP here, I have learned a lot more about node since I first asked this question. Though Dmitry's answer was very helpful, what ultimately did it for me is to install node with the correct permissions.

I highly recommend not installing node using any package managers, but rather to compile it yourself so that it resides in a local directory with normal permissions.

This article provides a very clear step-by-step instruction of how to do so:


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