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The npm global flag seems to be inconsistent on Windows #3155

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MiguelMadero opened this Issue Feb 13, 2013 · 4 comments

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@MiguelMadero

I posted a question on SO, but I wanted to repost here since this might be an issue and not so much a question.

@coiscir
coiscir commented Feb 13, 2013

The inconsistency referenced is with the global npm.root/npm.dir between the bundled install with Node.js and other installs of npm.

Example on 32-bit Win 7:

> npm root -g
C:\Users\...\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules

> npm install npm
...
npm@1.2.10 node_modules\npm

> .\node_modules\.bin\npm root -g
C:\Program Files\nodejs\node_modules

It seems to be from a builtin npmrc that only sets prefix=${APPDATA}\npm for the bundled install.

@RoystonS

Here's the issue that resulted in the Windows-bundled npmrc shipping with the APPDATA prefix: nodejs/node-v0.x-archive#2207

It's certainly a PITA that installing a new version of npm changes the global root prefix, as it then starts to require administrator privilege to install new global modules. I'd be surprised if that's by design.

@smikes
smikes commented Feb 3, 2015

This looks like more than just a support issue, but I am not sure whether it's better to call it a bug or feature-request. I know we have recently run into APPDATA-related issues with current (0.10.36) node and npm packaging.

If you had complete discretion to set these values up most usefully for the "standard Windows node user" -- i.e., someone who is using Visual Studio, cmd, and msysgit -- how would these variables be set, and what would be the permissions on these directories?

/cc @othiym23 in case you have anything to add?

@othiym23

This issue was addressed in a8da8d6, and has not been a problem since 2.1.4, so I'm going to go ahead and close this as resolved. At some point, we need to figure out a better way to centrally configure npm on Windows, but all fresh installs of npm should correctly carry this configuration from one install of npm to the next.

@othiym23 othiym23 closed this Feb 10, 2015
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