Fix electron-prebuilt install.js script error when installing as superuser

Published on August 4, 2015 in How-tos
Read time: 1 min

Playing with electron, actually upgrading it, I’ve stumbled across this error:

francesco@Golden-Hind:~$ sudo npm i -g electron-prebuilt@0.30.3
/usr/local/bin/electron -> /usr/local/lib/node_modules/electron-prebuilt/cli.js

> electron-prebuilt@0.30.3 postinstall /usr/local/lib/node_modules/electron-prebuilt
> node install.js

[============================================>] 100.0% of 37.13 MB (1.75 MB/s)
  throw err
Error: EACCES, rename '/usr/local/lib/node_modules/electron-prebuilt/electron-tmp-download/'
    at Error (native)
npm ERR! Darwin 14.4.0
npm ERR! argv "node" "/usr/local/bin/npm" "i" "-g" "electron-prebuilt@0.30.3"
npm ERR! node v0.12.7
npm ERR! npm  v2.11.3

npm ERR! electron-prebuilt@0.30.3 postinstall: `node install.js`
npm ERR! Exit status 1
npm ERR! 
npm ERR! Failed at the electron-prebuilt@0.30.3 postinstall script 'node install.js'.
npm ERR! This is most likely a problem with the electron-prebuilt package,
npm ERR! not with npm itself.
npm ERR! Tell the author that this fails on your system:
npm ERR!     node install.js
npm ERR! You can get their info via:
npm ERR!     npm owner ls electron-prebuilt
npm ERR! There is likely additional logging output above.

npm ERR! Please include the following file with any support request:
npm ERR!     /Users/francesco/npm-debug.log

Interestingly enough, this issue is kind of random. It appeared in version 0.25.3-2 and it still randomly occurs even if fixed. What’s more, it occurs only on OS X.

The quick fix

The electron install.js script has an issue with permissions on ~/.electron dir, which it uses as temp path to unpack install files.

chmod 777 ~/.electron

fixed the issue.


The best solution is different, though. Please check this post of mine about best practice to install node on your computer

Check this issue on Github to know more about this.

Thanks for reading.


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