AppleCoderXY AppleCoderXY - 29 days ago 8x
Node.js Question

npm start fails because of node-api@ ELIFECYCLE

I have a problem starting a node.js server. The server app was tested on another system and worked perfectly.
The error log says that something is wrong with the node-api@ but I was not able to find any solution.

0 info it worked if it ends with ok
1 verbose cli [ '/usr/local/bin/node', '/usr/local/bin/npm', 'start' ]
2 info using npm@2.9.1
3 info using node@v0.12.3
4 verbose run-script [ 'prestart', 'start', 'poststart' ]
5 info prestart node-api@
6 info start node-api@
7 verbose unsafe-perm in lifecycle true
8 info node-api@ Failed to exec start script
9 verbose stack Error: node-api@ start: `node server.js`
9 verbose stack Exit status 1
9 verbose stack at EventEmitter.<anonymous> (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/lib/utils/lifecycle.js:213:16)
9 verbose stack at EventEmitter.emit (events.js:110:17)
9 verbose stack at ChildProcess.<anonymous> (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/lib/utils/spawn.js:24:14)
9 verbose stack at ChildProcess.emit (events.js:110:17)
9 verbose stack at maybeClose (child_process.js:1015:16)
9 verbose stack at Process.ChildProcess._handle.onexit (child_process.js:1087:5)
10 verbose pkgid node-api@
11 verbose cwd /Volumes/HDD/Users/…/app/db
12 error Darwin 14.3.0
13 error argv "/usr/local/bin/node" "/usr/local/bin/npm" "start"
14 error node v0.12.3
15 error npm v2.9.1
16 error code ELIFECYCLE
17 error node-api@ start: `node server.js`
17 error Exit status 1
18 error Failed at the node-api@ start script 'node server.js'.
18 error This is most likely a problem with the node-api package,
18 error not with npm itself.
18 error Tell the author that this fails on your system:
18 error node server.js
18 error You can get their info via:
18 error npm owner ls node-api
18 error There is likely additional logging output above.
19 verbose exit [ 1, true ]

What is wrong with my installation and how can I solve this?


Two things you can try here:

  1. Ensure that you are running the same version of Node as the other system where it was seen running perfectly. You can test this by entering the following on your terminal and the terminal it was working on: node -v. If they're different, look to upgrade (or indeed downgrade) your installation.
  2. Delete the node_modules directory from the project root on your current computer, then run an npm install to ensure that the binaries that were compiled are compatible with your operating system.