“EACCES: permission denied” when installing NativeScript

Installing NativeScript can be a challenge. The NativeScript instructions do not make is totally clear that you must be root when you install it. But even so, you might encounter the following issue:

EACCES: permission denied, mkdir '/usr/lib/node_modules/nativescript/docs/html'

Further down in the logging output you may also see this:

Error while reporting exception: Error: EACCES: permission denied, mkdir '/home/user/.local/share/.nativescript-cli'

The solution for this issue is to use NPM in the following manner:

sudo npm install -g --unsafe-perm nativescript

According to the reference below, when NPM is run some things have root privileges and some not but the above command should work around the issue for now.


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