I find the node.js package manager, npm, to be a little annoying. It offers two options for installing software:
- Install to the current directory (for example, to use with a current project)
- Install system-wide
The second is obviously a problem if one doesn’t have root priviliges, and the first is incredibly annoying for installing software, as there isn’t an easy way to add the resulting installed binary to your $PATH.
I much prefer the behaviour of
cabal-install, the Haskell package
manager, which installs locally to $HOME/.cabal/ on a per-user basis.
To get Node.js to mimic this behaviour is quite simple. In your
~/.bashrc simply add the line
alias npm="PREFIX=$HOME/.npm-modules/ npm"
This sets the path npm uses to install modules to a local directory:
npm-modules. You can now set your
$PATH to include binaries
installed via npm by including the directory