Sheraz Sheraz - 1 month ago 8
Node.js Question

nodejs connect cannot find static

NOTE: I have tried other solution given here but it didn't work

A newbie with NodeJs. I am trying to follow AngularJS pro and got stuck with setting up NodeJs server. According to book, I installed nodejs and then installed connect package using
npm install connect

then downloaded angularjs in folder next to nodejs folder. Then wrote server.js file to connect to server. Here is the content of the file:

var connect = require('connect');
connect.createServer(connect.static("../angularjs")).listen( 5000);


When I run this server.js file using:

node server.js


I get following error:

function app(req, res, next){ app.handle(req, res, next); }
merge(app, proto);
merge(app, EventEmitter.prototype);
app.route = '/';
app.stack = [];
return app;
has no method 'static'
at Object.<anonymous> (C:\web\nodejs\server.js:2:36)
at Module._compile (module.js:456:26)
at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:474:10)
at Module.load (module.js:356:32)
at Function.Module._load (module.js:312:12)
at Function.Module.runMain (module.js:497:10)
at startup (node.js:119:16)
at node.js:906:3


Any ideas guys?
Thanks.

Answer

The connect package has made some changes in the latest 3.x version of their code base, moving the static middleware to it's own package. You can view the list of packages that have been moved here.

So you have two options:

Option 1
You can install an older, 2.x version of connect and use that as is:

$ npm install connect@2.X.X

Installing the latest 2.X.X version will allow your current implementation to function properly.

Option 2
You can continue to use the 3.x version of connect, and also add serve-static:

$ npm install serve-static

You would also have to update your server.js file to include the new serve-static module:

var connect = require('connect'),
    serveStatic = require('serve-static');

var app = connect();

app.use(serveStatic("../angularjs"));
app.listen(5000);