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"npm outdated" will mark packages for update if a wrong formatted package.json is used

What I Wanted to Do

Check if there are outdated packages.

What Happened Instead

There were packages marked for update that shouldn’t be updated.

Reproduction Steps

Replace the last } with }foobar at the end of your package.json in order to create a wrong formatted package.json


If you ran npm outdated on an invalid package.json, it wants to update packages to the latest version. Instead it should just state, that the package.json is in an invalid format, where and why.

Platform Info

NPM 6.2

With an Ionic 3 project

Here you can see such a behavior:

First command was done with an invalid package.json.
Second command was done with a valid package.json.