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Re: How should I be running `npm install …`?

From: Dmitry Alexandrov
Subject: Re: How should I be running `npm install …`?
Date: Sat, 02 May 2020 10:40:08 +0300
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/27.0.91 (gnu/linux)

Vivien Kraus <address@hidden> wrote:
> Le jeudi 30 avril 2020 à 14:59 +0000, Josh Marshall a écrit :
>> I’m trying to run `npm install -g browserify` with the output below.

>> npm ERR! path 
>> /gnu/store/39zkw3a8lxkxs7rmx4238959zc368075-node-10.19.0/lib/node_modules
> I am a mere guix user, so you may want to have another answer.

I am not even a Guix (the SD) user, but this made me curious.

> You cannot install anything globally with NPM in guix because NPM is 
> installed in a read-only location (/gnu/store/)

So?  /usr/ in traditional GNU distributions might be read-only as well, but it 
does not impede npm(1) or pip(1) or whatever install things system-wide (given 
that operator utilize his superuser powers, of course), as there are plenty 
other hierarchies available.

Why is npm in Guix built with default ‘prefix’¹ (means, for --global actions) 
set to package directory under /gnu/store/ instead of, say, /usr/local?

        $ npm config get prefix

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