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NPM install looks for package.json - none present #94

motleydev opened this Issue Mar 26, 2013 · 3 comments


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Whenever I run npm install It crashes with looking for package.json


jnordberg commented Mar 26, 2013

Umm, where exactly are you trying to run npm install?

Also give this a read: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/bugs.html

Sorry - I guess that was 'less than descriptive.'

I generated an app with 'wintersmith new test'
I added a plugin (tried several, problem is independent of the plugin) to the config.json like so:

  "locals": {
    "url": "http://localhost:8080",
    "name": "The Wintersmith's blog",
    "owner": "The Wintersmith",
    "description": "-32°C ain't no problems!",
    "index_articles": 3
  "plugins": [

When I tried to run 'wintersmith preview' it says that it cannot find node_modules/wintersmith-coffee in the test dir. So that's when I tried running npm install which is what I thought installed that module locally.

I am new to node so I could be just missing something obvious here.



jnordberg commented Mar 26, 2013

The problem is that a wintersmith site is not a npm package, if you want to manage your plugins with npm you can either install them globally using npm install -g <module> or create a npm package for your site.

All that is needed for an npm package is a package.json file, looking something like this:

  "name": "my-wintersmith-site",
  "version": "0.0.1",
  "private": true,
  "dependencies": {
    "wintersmith-coffee": "*"

I'm will add some more example sites in the future showing how you can manage plugins.

Hope this helps,

@jnordberg jnordberg closed this Mar 26, 2013

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