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MM won't run - "ENOENT: no such file or directory, open '/home/pi/package.json'"

  • Hi all,

    Pretty new to both Linux and MM, but bought an RPI specifically for this project, as I think it’s an awesome idea.
    I’ve been looking into the forum for others with the same problems, and were encouraged to start a new thread - so here goes.

    I initially had issues with the config file, but I managed to screw up my hardware config, rendering the Raspbian install useless. So I took the newbie and easy way out - wipe and reinstall.

    I’ve followed the guide at - except from the part where I update and remove unused packages.

    It seems to me that MM installs fine, but when I try starting it, I get this error output after doing display=:0 npm start :

    Dependencies installation Done!
    Check plymouth installation ...
    Splashscreen: Checking themes directory.
    Splashscreen: Create theme directory if not exists.
    Splashscreen: Theme copied successfully.
    Splashscreen: Changed theme to MagicMirror successfully.
    We're ready! Run DISPLAY=:0 npm start from the ~/MagicMirror directory to start your MagicMirror.
    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ 
    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ display=:0 npm start
    npm ERR! Linux 4.4.50-v7+
    npm ERR! argv "/usr/bin/nodejs" "/usr/bin/npm" "start"
    npm ERR! node v6.10.1
    npm ERR! npm  v3.10.10
    npm ERR! path /home/pi/package.json
    npm ERR! code ENOENT
    npm ERR! errno -2
    npm ERR! syscall open
    npm ERR! enoent ENOENT: no such file or directory, open '/home/pi/package.json'
    npm ERR! enoent ENOENT: no such file or directory, open '/home/pi/package.json'
    npm ERR! enoent This is most likely not a problem with npm itself
    npm ERR! enoent and is related to npm not being able to find a file.
    npm ERR! enoent 
    npm ERR! Please include the following file with any support request:
    npm ERR!     /home/pi/npm-debug.log
    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ apt-get install nodejs
    E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13: Permission denied)
    E: Unable to lock the administration directory (/var/lib/dpkg/), are you root?
    pi@raspberrypi:~ $ sudo apt-get install nodejs
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree        
    Reading state information... Done
    nodejs is already the newest version.
    The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
      libc-ares2 libv8-3.14.5
    Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 21 not upgraded.

    I tried installing/upgrading node.js, but it just throws an error saying that it’s already at the newest build.

    Any ideas to what I’m doing wrong - or help - would be highly appreciated.

    Thank you. 🙂

  • Project Sponsor

    @xy86 you have to get in to the magic mirror folder first before you can run npm start

    Ie type
    cd MagicMirror
    And then
    npm start

    display=:0 npm start
    If you are running it via ssh

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