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Installing NativeScript on Mac

There’s nothing quite like grappling with the installation of a development environment, there is no greater joy than getting bogged down before you’ve even written a single line of code. Today I installed NativeScript on Mac (El Capitain) and these are some of the problems I encountered.

The instructions on the NativeScript Advanced Setup for OSX seem straight forward enough, so lets give it a go:

brew install homebrew/versions/node4-lts

And before IĀ even get off the starting blocks I’m in error country:

Error: undefined method `desc' for Node4Lts:Class

OK, maybe my brew is out of date since I don’t really use it, so I’ll try this:

brew update

Which resulted in this:

warning: unable to unlink .yardopts: Permission denied
warning: unable to unlink Permission denied
warning: unable to unlink Permission denied
fatal: cannot create directory at '.github': Permission denied
Error: Failure while executing: git pull -q origin refs/heads/master:refs/remotes/origin/master

Which means maybe I have an permissions problem, and you generally don’t use sudo with brew so I do this:

sudo chown -R $(whoami):admin /usr/local
cd /usr/local && git fetch && git reset --hard origin/master

And finally I try this again:

brew update


So now I can finally install Node (I’m not cool enough to already have it installed):

brew install homebrew/versions/node4-lts

Success! Things are going quite well and the rest of the steps go smoothly (I didn’t bother with the Android steps) except for the thing I actually need:

npm i -g nativescript

More permission errors:

npm ERR! Error: EACCES, mkdir '~/.npm/through2/0.2.3'

So, lets chown everything in my home npm directory:

sudo chown -R $(whoami):admin ~/.npm

And try it again:

npm i -g nativescript

Success! Now I can start dealing with real problems.