tldr tldr - 3 months ago 80x
JSON Question

npm install error - invalid package.json

I'm using this tutorial to understand implementing oauth2 in Node.js.

This is my package.json:

"name": "application-name",
"version": "0.0.1",
"private": true,
"scripts": {
"start": "coffee -w"
"dependencies": {
"express": "3.3.4",
"jade": "*",
"coffee-script": "latest",
"passport-http": "latest",
"passport-http-bearer": "latest",
"passport-oauth2-client-password": "latest",
"oauth2orize": "latest",
"debug" "~0.7.2"

I'm getting the error:

npm ERR! install Couldn't read dependencies
npm ERR! Failed to parse json
npm ERR! Unexpected string
npm ERR! File: /Users/jashua/Desktop/auth/package.json
npm ERR! Failed to parse package.json data.
npm ERR! package.json must be actual JSON, not just JavaScript.
npm ERR!
npm ERR! This is not a bug in npm.
npm ERR! Tell the package author to fix their package.json file. JSON.parse

npm ERR! System Darwin 12.3.0
npm ERR! command "node" "/usr/local/bin/npm" "install"
npm ERR! cwd /Users/jashua/Desktop/auth
npm ERR! node -v v0.10.15
npm ERR! npm -v 1.3.5
npm ERR! file /Users/jashua/Desktop/auth/package.json
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Additional logging details can be found in:
npm ERR! /Users/me/Desktop/auth/npm-debug.log
npm ERR! not ok code 0

Any ideas what's wrong with my package.json?


The error means exactly what it states, the JSON in your package.json is not valid and can't be parsed properly. Change "debug" "~0.7.2" to "debug": "~0.7.2".