Alex Alex - 5 months ago 83x
Node.js Question

why babel stores .babel.json in USERPROFILE path

I'm running a nodejs app on azure web apps and i'm trying to integrate babel using npm in it. The problem is that babel is trying to acccess a file at


named .babel.json, a file that doesn't exist. This is most likely installed by:

npm install -g babel

On azure web apps, i can't seem to find it at all (even after running
npm install -g babel
in kudu for the site).

I copied the file in
myself to
using kudu but on web app restart the file disappears.

Is there a way to make babel work on web apps?


I did omit some things. The error appeared when i tried load

optional: ["es7.asyncFunctions"]

and the actual error i see in the streaming logs is

Application has thrown an uncaught exception and is terminated: Error:
ENOENT, no such file or directory 'D:\local\UserProfile.babel.json'
at Object.fs.openSync (fs.js:438:18)
at Object.fs.writeFileSync (fs.js:977:15)
at save (D:\home\site\wwwroot\node_modules\babel\node_modules\babel-core\lib\api\register\cache.js:35:19)
at process._tickCallback (node.js:419:13)
at Function.Module.runMain (module.js:499:11)
at startup (node.js:119:16)
at node.js:906:3

the project is on Github


I had this same problem, solved it by disabling the babel cache by setting the environment variable BABEL_DISABLE_CACHE=1 in my Application settings.

You can read more about the babel cache here: