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Moving beyond postinstall messages #2391

znarf opened this issue Sep 3, 2019 · 0 comments


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@znarf znarf commented Sep 3, 2019

Over the last years, Open Collective had been promoting the usage of postinstall messages. When activated, this would output a small message in the developer terminal each time someone install a given package.

This practice is highly controversial (see: #1625 opencollective/opencollective-postinstall#21) and we think it's now the time for Open Collective to stop promoting it. We'll let package maintainers use their best judgement to stop or continue this practice as they see fit.

In the meantime, we will engage within the npm (ie: npm/cli#187 npm/cli#246) and node (ie: nodejs/package-maintenance#220) communities to ensure a suitable alternative emerge.


  • remove postinstall from opencollective-setup
  • ensure the community define a dedicated property in package.json
  • ensure npm and yarn implement a command to output "sustainability" highlights


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