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create-react-app with --typescript doesn't work when installed globally - update docs accordingly

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No - documentation issue.

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No. Not the issue.

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The user guide is incorrect, by your own statement here: - unfortunately, this wasn’t ever corrected, and I believe the behavior is still actually broken, aside from the docs not being updated.

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This was closed:

This was the answer given: - which works, but doesn’t match what the docs say (despite the answer explicitly stating so).

This is still wrong:

I’d be happy to submit a pull request to update the documentation to provide a warning about this, but as it stands you’re likely to keep getting bug reports about it.

I’ve found at least 3 of them myself.

Issue Analytics

  • State:closed
  • Created 4 years ago
  • Comments:10 (8 by maintainers)

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iansucommented, Apr 24, 2019

That sounds reasonable. Please send a PR for the docs.

methodboxcommented, Apr 23, 2019

There’s isn’t a need to explicitly install CRA globally anymore with npx available. Using npx ensure you always use the latest version of our CLI w whenever you are bootstrapping a new app.

While I appreciate that, as you can see that wasn’t my first move; I took the “old school” approach and relied on the fact that I already had it installed globally, looked up the flag for installing using TS and it didn’t work.

I went and found a GitHub issue that described the issue I was having, and here we are. I never looked at your home page in the docs because I wasn’t pointed there and my Google search didn’t return that result, it returned the GH issue. (I’m saying this as an example of how user interaction would commonly go, not as a complaint).

When viewing the GitHub page I’m suggesting to update, there was no indication that having CRA installed globally would cause the issue I am seeing.

It might be worth updating the docs, specifically that page as well, to indicate what you just said. It’s not clear that having it installed globally would cause a conflict.

You have this on the Getting Started page, I’m simply suggesting to add it to the TS page, as well, maybe with a note about possible conflict:

If you’ve previously installed create-react-app globally via npm install -g create-react-app, we recommend you uninstall the package using npm uninstall -g create-react-app to ensure that npx always uses the latest version.

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