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Parked package names?

How do I get a package name that I notice is parked by someone who clearly isn’t using it?

From npm’s package dispute policy:

It is against npm’s Terms of Use to publish a package, register a user name or an organization name simply for the purposes of reserving it for future use. If a package matches our criteria for squatting we will transfer it to another user who asks for it; this is immediate and does not follow the 4-week process outlined for normal transfer requests above.

Please email and they’ll go through the package dispute policy. If they consider the package parked, odds are it’ll be transferred to you.

Not sure if a package is parked? Download the tarball and make sure there’s no actual code in it, using $ npm pack <pkg> && tar xvzf ./<pkg>.tgz to extract its contents.