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EACCES error in Termux

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Can you reproduce the problem with latest npm?

npm --version 3.10.10

Many errors, especially related to “missing modules”, are due to npm bugs.

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If you’re using OS X or Linux, run this to update npm:

npm install -g npm@latest

cd your_project_directory
rm -rf node_modules
npm install

Then try to reproduce the issue again.

Can you still reproduce it?

Yes, npm --version 4.4.1


What are you reporting?

Error thrown in node_modules/react-scripts/scripts/init.js 64 Error: EACCES: permission denied , link ‘/data/data/com.termux/files/home/projects/myapp/gitignore’ -> ‘/data/data/com.termux/files/home/projects/myapp/.gitignore’ at Error (native)

Running on an Android proot, ln is not permitted: touch a ln a b ln: b: Permission denied

Expected behavior

A react app is created.

Actual behavior

An improperly initialized react app is created. npm run start fails.


Run these commands in the project folder and fill in their results:

  1. npm ls react-scripts (if you haven’t ejected):


  1. node -v:


  1. npm -v:


Then, specify:

  1. Operating system:

ChromeOS running Android’s Termux

  1. Browser and version:

Chrome 57

Reproducible Demo

Install Termux on ChromeOS from Google Play Store apt update apt upgrade apt install nodejs npm install create-react-app -g npm install -g npm@latest mkdir projects cd projects create-react-app myapp <- error occurs here cd myapp npm run start <- fails

The same error occurs when using yarn. npm install -g yarn yarn --version 0.21.3

Attempting npm install -g yarn@latest or yarn global add yarn

produces a broken yarn installation.

Issue Analytics

  • State:closed
  • Created 7 years ago
  • Comments:6 (2 by maintainers)

github_iconTop GitHub Comments

ghostcommented, Dec 9, 2018

This is a late solution… Due to Android’s SELinux policies, you cannot hard link as non-root (which create-react-app attempts to do). Make your app directory first, simlink gitignore, then create your app.

mkdir myapp
ln -s myapp/gitignore myapp/.gitignore
create-react-app myapp
gaearoncommented, Jul 2, 2017

There isn’t anything we can do here. From the error message, it fails renaming a file. This is a disk permission problem. I don’t know how to fix permissions on this environment so please refer to its support resources.

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