NPM gets killed no matter what.

  • Posted on October 29, 2014
  • andeersgAsked by andeersg

I have a droplet with Ubuntu 12.04 where i have installed node and npm. But no matter what i try, npm works a little and the gets “killed”. It happens if i try “npm update” or “npm install”.

Anyone know what causes this and if there is a solution?

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I found a solution that seems to work. I upgraded my swap-file to 1gb from 500mb ca.

Then i could install modules again.

I followed these instructions to do it.

To solve this issue on 14.04 and 16.04:

sudo fallocate -l 1G /swapfile
sudo chmod 600 /swapfile
sudo mkswap /swapfile
sudo swapon /swapfile
sudo swapon --show
sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak
echo '/swapfile none swap sw 0 0' | sudo tee -a /etc/fstab
sudo sysctl vm.swappiness=10
echo 'vm.swappiness=10' | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf
sudo sysctl vm.vfs_cache_pressure=50
echo 'vm.vfs_cache_pressure=50' | sudo tee -a /etc/sysctl.conf

This will create a swap file of 1GB

Created the swap file. Solved all my issues. Was also trying to get started using Keystone.js / node / Express