Node-Reinstall is going to delete a lot of shit, and you won't be able to recover any of it. Do yourself a favor and make sure that you read the node-reinstall script and completely understand what it is going to do (i.e.: what it is going to delete) before you proceed. Here is an expanded version of the script that shows all of the directories that will be deleted:
rm -rf ~/local rm -rf ~/lib rm -rf ~/include rm -rf ~/node* rm -rf ~/npm rm -rf ~/.npm* sudo rm -rf /usr/local/lib/node* sudo rm -rf /usr/local/include/node* sudo rm -rf /usr/local/bin/node sudo rm -rf /usr/local/bin/npm sudo rm -rf /usr/local/share/man/man1/node.1 sudo rm -rf /usr/local/lib/dtrace/node.d
At an absolute minimum, you need to go into the home directories (the ones that start with
~/) and make sure you are okay with deleting the contents of those directories. If you are unsure if this will delete anything important, you should stop now and find another alternative for re-installing Node.js, because this approach is pretty destructive.
This script assumes you are comfortable enough with UNIX to perform these actions. If you are not, I will respond to your GitHub issue with the following GIF that is titled "pay-attention.gif"
This is a complete (and very destructive) tool for re-installing Node.js on OSX and Linux. See the SO article for reference and the related gist that spawned this repo. This deletes
everything, yes everything, a lot of stuff you might want and completely removes Node.js and NPM and replaces it with the Node Version Manager called NVM. It will attempt to re-install any global NPM modules already installed, and you can opt for Nave instead of NVM if you prefer.
It also works as a first-time installer.
Clone this Repo
Clone this repo somewhere. If you have SSH setup with GitHub, use this format:
git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:brock/node-reinstall.git
Otherwise, clone this repo using HTTPS:
git clone https://github.com/brock/node-reinstall.git
Run the Re-Installer
Change into the directory:
node-reinstall, you can call it directly since it is an executable file:
Or you can run it with bash:
If you decide later that you want to re-install Node.js all over again, just come back to the directory where you cloned the
node-reinstall repo, optionally update to the latest version of
node-reinstall by running
git pull, then run it again:
git pull bash node-reinstall
If you are comfortable with Bash and the command line, you can copy the
node-reinstall file to someplace in your $PATH
cp node-reinstall ~/bin/node-reinstall
node-reinstall in your $PATH you can execute it from any directory:
Whenever you feel like you need to completely re-install Node and NPM, simply execute
node-reinstall. You'll be prompted for sudo privileges since this will remove all possible installation paths. Pull requests welcome.
Usage: node-reinstall [--nave|--nvm|--nvm-latest] [-h|--help] [-v|--version] [NODE_VERSION]
node-reinstall re-install node and npm using nvm node-reinstall [-h|--help] show help node-reinstall [-v|--version] show the node-reinstall version number node-reinstall [-f|--force] installs defaults without user confirmation node-reinstall --nave re-install using nave node-reinstall --nvm re-install using stable nvm - the default node-reinstall --nvm-latest re-install using latest nvm - creationix/nvm:master node-reinstall 5.0.0 specify a default node version