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How come nothing happens when I run an npm module?

So when I use npm install to download a package onto my raspberry pi nothing happens when i run the scripts in the new folder created in /node_modules. For example, I use the command ‘node file.js’ and then nothing happens. I would assume that a bunch of information would appear on the terminal while using an ongoing application but nothing happens and it goes right back to awaiting another command. Sometimes when I use other packages apparently there are coding errors too so I’m not sure about that either.


Hi @raoulalien!

There are two main sorts of packages.

The first type implements a “command” to run. These are sometimes installed globally so they can be used outside a project. e.g.

npm install -g n
n --help

The second type of package has code which you can use from your javascript program:

npm install fs-extra
const fsX = require('fs-extra');
fsX.copySync('source', 'destination');

Check the documentation for the package you are trying to use, or run through a tutorial. You do not normally run a file out of node_modules directly yourself.


So when I use npm install to download a package onto my raspberry pi nothing happens when i run the scripts in the new folder created in /node_modules. For example, I use the command ‘node file.js’ and then nothing happens. I would assume that a bunch of information would appear on the terminal while using an ongoing application but nothing happens and it goes right back to awaiting another command. Sometimes when I use other packages apparently there are coding errors too so I’m not sure about that either. whatsapp web192.168.0.1

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