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EACCES: permission denied, open 'yarn.lock'

See original GitHub issue

Describe the bug

▲ projects/play/create-react-app npx create-react-app app1

Creating a new React app in /home/vyorkin/projects/play/create-react-app/app1.

Installing packages. This might take a couple of minutes.
Installing react, react-dom, and react-scripts with cra-template...

yarn add v1.22.4
[1/4] Resolving packages...
[2/4] Fetching packages...
info fsevents@1.2.12: The platform "linux" is incompatible with this module.
info "fsevents@1.2.12" is an optional dependency and failed compatibility check. Excluding it from installation.
info fsevents@2.1.2: The platform "linux" is incompatible with this module.
info "fsevents@2.1.2" is an optional dependency and failed compatibility check. Excluding it from installation.
[3/4] Linking dependencies...
warning "react-scripts > @typescript-eslint/eslint-plugin > tsutils@3.17.1" has unmet peer dependency "typescript@>=2.8.0 || >= 3.2.0-dev || >= 3.3.0-dev || >= 3.4.0-dev || >= 3.5.0-dev || >= 3.6.0-dev || >= 3.6.0-beta || >= 3.7.0-dev || >= 3.7.0-beta".
[4/4] Building fresh packages...
error An unexpected error occurred: "EACCES: permission denied, open '/home/vyorkin/projects/play/create-react-app/app1/yarn.lock'".
info If you think this is a bug, please open a bug report with the information provided in "/home/vyorkin/projects/play/create-react-app/app1/yarn-error.log".
info Visit for documentation about this command.

Aborting installation.
  yarnpkg add --exact react react-dom react-scripts cra-template --cwd /home/vyorkin/projects/play/create-react-app/app1 has failed.

Deleting generated file... node_modules
Deleting generated file... package.json
Deleting generated file... yarn.lock


yarn create react-app my-app


Did you try recovering your dependencies?

Doesn’t make sense in my case / Not applicable

Which terms did you search for in User Guide?


OS: NixOS 20.03

 △ projects/play/create-react-app npx --version

 ▲ projects/play/create-react-app node --version

Steps to reproduce

Just run the command above.

Expected behavior

Same as in README

Actual behavior

See above

Reproducible demo

See above

Issue Analytics

  • State:open
  • Created 3 years ago
  • Comments:11 (2 by maintainers)

github_iconTop GitHub Comments

surendra246commented, Dec 2, 2020

Set permission 777 like “sudo chmod -R 777 {app directory name}”

breakdscommented, Jun 2, 2021

I would like to reopen the issue here - IMHO the root cause is that

  1. create-react-app copies the yarn.lock from the software itself. See here.
  2. It assumes that the original yarn.lock packed with the software has the write permission - such assumption is not always true.

Besides, the above solution “Set permission 777” is never a good idea.

Would like to suggest updating the createReactApp.js script so that it set the correct permission with fs.chmodSync or something so that the copied yarn.lock will have the right write permission (See Not an expert in JavaScript, and there might exist better solution to actually fix the root cause.


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