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swa start says --api option unknown, yet requires it

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Describe the bug –api option is an unknown option, yet required

To Reproduce Steps to reproduce the behavior:

  1. Go to ‘
  2. Type in command ‘swa start www’
  3. watch error ask for ‘Please use the --api option’
  4. Type in command ‘swa start www --api .’
  5. See error ‘error: unknown option ‘–api’’

Expected behavior I want to add --api option but it is not recognised, but the warning insists I add is (see code block). I am following AnthonyChu’s youtube and the command is legit (I believe)


~/Projects/AnthonyChuDemo(master|…) % swa start www      
[swa] Serving static content:
[swa]     /Users/c0b0dpd/Projects/AnthonyChuDemo/www
[swa] This CLI is currently in preview and runs an emulator that may not match the 
[swa] cloud environment exactly. Always deploy and test your app in Azure.
[swa] Azure Static Web Apps emulator started at http://localhost:4280. Press CTRL+C to exit.
[swa] ***************************************************************************
[swa] ** Functions request detected but no endpoint configuration was found.   **
[swa] ** Please use the --api option to configure a function endpoint.         **
[swa] ***************************************************************************
[swa] POST http://localhost:7071/api/negotiate?negotiateVersion=1 (proxy)
[swa]  ↳ POST http://localhost:7071/api/negotiate?negotiateVersion=1 - 502 (Bad Gateway)
^C[swa] node "/Users/c0b0dpd/.nvm/versions/node/v16.13.0/lib/node_modules/@azure/static-web-apps-cli/dist/msha/server.js" exited with code 0
~/Projects/AnthonyChuDemo(master|…) % swa start www --api .                                  
error: unknown option '--api'

Desktop (please complete the following information):

  • OS: macOS[e.g. iOS]
  • Browser firefox[e.g. chrome, safari]
  • Version 0.8.2 [e.g. 22]

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Issue Analytics

  • State:closed
  • Created 2 years ago
  • Comments:5 (2 by maintainers)

github_iconTop GitHub Comments

anthonychucommented, Feb 22, 2022

It’s been changed to --api-location but that error message is outdated. We’ll get it updated. Sorry about that!

sgollapudi77commented, Feb 23, 2022

Hey @williamheelis , please check this issue #335 I think you’re encountering a similar error.

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