Npm link not behaving as expected when run as part of a series of commands

What I Wanted to Do

I wanted to execute an npm link for a local package in the same command of a change directory, i.e.
cd /tmp/mytestfolder && npm link generator-jhipster-myblueprint

What Happened Instead

Npm wasn’t able to link my local package and is trying to fetch it remotely

Reproduction Steps

I’ve created a JHipster blueprint with JHipster generator and linked it locally with npm link.
After this, I’ve run the command below to link my local blueprint in a test folder to debug the blueprint

Here the ommand cd /tmp/myTestFolder && npm link generator-jhipster-myBluePrint
At this point npm fails with a 404 Not found message. From the logs, npm is trying to download the module from http fetch GET 404

If instead of this I try to run the npm command on its own, everything works well and the link is created


Platform Info

I’m on Ubuntu
Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description: Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS
Release: 18.04
Codename: bionic

I’m using nvm to manage npm on linux without permission issues, and I’m currently use node v.10.15.3 and npm 6.4.1

$ npm --versions
{ npm: '6.4.1',
  ares: '1.15.0',
  cldr: '33.1',
  http_parser: '2.8.0',
  icu: '62.1',
  modules: '64',
  napi: '3',
  nghttp2: '1.34.0',
  node: '10.15.3',
  openssl: '1.1.0j',
  tz: '2018e',
  unicode: '11.0',
  uv: '1.23.2',
  v8: '',
  zlib: '1.2.11' }

$ node -p process.platform

I notice you have lowercase generator-jhipster-myblueprint in one place, and mixed case npm link generator-jhipster-myBluePrint in another. Is it just that you got the case inconsistent? (It might just be a typo in your report and not in reality!)

Actually after a bit I’ve found that the problem was in the function I was using to create the directory and cd into that. Now seems to be sorted out.

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Thanks for update, and marked as solved. (I moved to #support too.)

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