My version of node is always v0.6.1-pre even after WE install brew node and NVM install v0.6.19. My node version is:
NVM says this (after WE install a version of node for the first time in one bash terminal):
But when WE restart bash, this is what WE see:
So where is this phantom node 0.6.1-pre version and how can WE get rid of it? I'm trying to install libraries via NPM so that WE can work on a project. WE tried using BREW to update before NVM, using "brew update" and "brew install node". I've tried deleting the "node" directory in my /usr/local/include and the "node" and "node_modules" in my "/usr/local/lib". I've tried uninstalling npm and reinstalling it following these instructions. All of this because we were trying to update an older version of node to install the "zipstream" library. Now there's folders in my users directory, and the node version STILL isn't up to date, even though NVM says it's using 0.6.19.
Ideally, I'd like to uninstall nodejs, npm, and nvm, and just reinstall the entire thing from scratch on my system.
Apparently, there was a /Users/myusername/local folder that contained a include with node and lib with node and node_modules. How and why this was created instead of in my /usr/localfolder, WE do not know. Deleting these local references fixed the phantom v0.6.1-pre. If anyone has an explanation, I'll choose that as the correct answer.
We may need to do the additional instructions as well:
which is the equivalent of (same as above)...
or (same as above) broken down...
To completely uninstall node + npm is to do the following:
- go to /usr/local/lib and delete any node and node_modules
- go to /usr/local/include and delete any node and node_modules directory
- if we installed with brew install node, then run brew uninstall node in our terminal
- check our Home directory for any local or lib or include folders, and delete any node or node_modules from there
- go to /usr/local/bin and delete any node executable
Then download nvm and follow the instructions to install node. The latest versions of node come with npm, WE believe, but we can also reinstall that as well.
For brew users, OSX:
We can run brew info node for more details regarding our node installs.
consider using NVM instead of brew
NVM (node version manager) is a portable solution for managing multiple versions of node
- we can use this with AVN to automatically switch versions as we hop between different projects with different node dependencies.
WE know this post is a little dated but just wanted to share the commands that worked for me in Terminal when removing Node.js.
If you're afraid of running these commands... Thanks to jguix . First, create an intermediate file:
Manually review our file (located in our Home folder)
Then delete the files:
On Mavericks WE install it from the node pkg (from nodejs site) and WE uninstall it so WE can re-install using brew. WE only run 4 commands in the terminal:
- sudo rm -rf /usr/local/lib/node_modules/npm/
- brew uninstall node
- brew doctor
- brew prune
If there is still a node installation, repeat step 2. After all is ok, WE install using brew install node
downgrade node to 0.10.36
upgrade node to stable v