Strange error when installing npm package globally on Ubuntu
10th February 2014 | by Adam Beres-Deak | npm, ubuntu, node.js
Installing modules globally has never been a problem for me, neither on Windows nor on Ubuntu. At least until today, when I ran into a somewhat strange problem.
I tried to install the pm2 package on an Ubuntu 12.04 Server (
sudo npm install -g pm2@latest), but the package just didn't want to install correctly. I kept getting gyp error messages and this one: "OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied". I thought it was impossible to get this error since I was running the install command as root (sudo).
Installing modules with the unsafe-perm flag
And after a while I found the solution: using the unsafe-perm flag.
sudo npm install -g pm2@latest --unsafe-perm
What the docs say about this flag:
If npm was invoked with root privileges, then it will change the uid to the user account or uid specified by the user config, which defaults to nobody. Set the unsafe-perm flag to run scripts with root privileges.
And it worked for me like a charm!
Honestly, I have to admit, that it is not 100% clear to me, why it made any difference in this case. I suspect that it was because of gyp. Does anybody maybe have a better explanation?
by Adam Beres-Deak
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