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Using npm ci, npm cache can not be found

https://docs.npmjs.com/cli/ci
I followed the instructions on this page to try to use ‘proper’ npm functions in my CI setup, but the .npm cache is nowhere to be found.

First attempt:


Which results in…

WARNING: /root/.npm: no matching files

I tried being more explicit about the cache location:


But nothing changed.

What’s going on here?