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Clean installation... fails left and right

  • Module Developer

    @shbatm said in Clean installation... fails left and right:

    I’m seeing issues with the newest “Raspbian Stretch with desktop image” (Nov 2018–non-bloatware) as well – I did a fresh, manual installation, no errors, but electron will not start with the OpenGL driver (full KMS or fake KMS) enabled.

    Confirming what I confirmed in the issue on GitHub just so others aren’t misled… Upgrading to Electron v3.0.13 is working fine (this is now the version installed if you use the develop branch of MM). V2.x is not working on the new Raspbian because of the OpenGL driver and we can’t use V4.x yet because of bad dependency references.

  • @shbatm how do I find out what version of electron I have, I’m on the latest version of Magic Mirror and would love to update everything on that side

  • Module Developer


    cat ~/MagicMirror/node_modules/electron/package.json | grep '"version":'

    Upgrade with:

    cd ~/MagicMirror/
    npm install electron@3.0.13

  • @shbatm said in Clean installation... fails left and right:

    @devinhedge said in Clean installation... fails left and right:

    for the last couple months Node.js and npm are currently BROKEN on RaspberryPi.

    What version of node are you using and how are you trying to install it?

    Current from default Rasbian repos.

    Node.Js works fine with Raspberry Pi, just don’t install it from the default repos.

    That may be the problem.

    Use these instructions:

    I’ve installed both v8 and v10 successfully multiple times on new Pis in the last few months.

    I’ll give it a whirl. I was able to recreate the error 4 times so I just need to copy over the steps to recreate. I don’t have a lot of time to spend on it today.

  • @shbatm said in Clean installation... fails left and right:

    cat ~/MagicMirror/node_modules/electron/package.json | grep ‘“version”:’

    Thanks appears I was running electron 2.0.16 3.0.13 installed fixed a few vulnerabilities and all seems to be working fine on the Pi3B+

  • Instructions for Installing MagicMirror on Rasbian Stretch Lite

    Install base Rasbian Stretch Lite image

    Update base installation

    sudo raspi-config

    1. Update pi password
    2. Update Timezone
    3. Update Keyboard
    4. Update hostname
    5. Update Localization (language)
    6. Update WiFi configuration
    7. Expand file system and reboot
    8. Enable ssh
    9. Update System

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt upgrade -y && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

    Install Xserver, LXDE-gui, lightdm and other nescessary things:

    sudo apt-get install raspberrypi-ui-mods firefox-esr build-essentials git -y

    Use raspi-config to autologin pi user to gui at boot

    sudo reboot

    Use Raspi

    Install Node.js from source

    Remove Chris Lea’s Node.js if it has accidently been installed

    sudo rm -f /etc/apt/sources.list.d/chris-lea-node_js-.list
    sudo rm -f /etc/apt/sources.list.d/chris-lea-node_js-

    Add the NodeSource package signing key

    curl -sSL | sudo apt-key add -

    Add the desired NodeSource repository

    DISTRO="$(lsb_release -s -c)"
    echo “deb$VERSION $DISTRO main” | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nodesource.list
    echo “deb-src$VERSION $DISTRO main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/nodesource.list

    Test if the installation is good.

    curl -sL | bash -


    (node:15418) TimeoutOverflowWarning: 4294967296000 does not fit into a 32-bit signed integer.
    Timer duration was truncated to 2147483647.
    (node:15418) [DEP0005] DeprecationWarning: Buffer() is deprecated due to security and usability issues. Please use the Buffer.alloc(), Buffer.allocUnsafe(), or Buffer.from() methods instead.

    Install the Sample Node.js Electron app

    npm install --save-dev electron

    Git clone the sample app

    git clone

    Then install it and run

    cd ./electron-quick-start
    npm install
    npm start


    0 info it worked if it ends with ok
    1 verbose cli [ '/usr/bin/node', '/usr/bin/npm', 'start' ]
    2 info using npm@6.4.1
    3 info using node@v10.15.0
    4 verbose run-script [ 'prestart', 'start', 'poststart' ]
    5 info lifecycle electron-quick-start@1.0.0~prestart: electron-quick-start@1.0.0
    6 info lifecycle electron-quick-start@1.0.0~start: electron-quick-start@1.0.0
    7 verbose lifecycle electron-quick-start@1.0.0~start: unsafe-perm in lifecycle true
    8 verbose lifecycle electron-quick-start@1.0.0~start: PATH: /usr/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/npm-lifecycle/node-gyp-bin:/home/pi/electron-quick-start/node_modules/.bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/local/games:/usr/games
    9 verbose lifecycle electron-quick-start@1.0.0~start: CWD: /home/pi/electron-quick-start
    10 silly lifecycle electron-quick-start@1.0.0~start: Args: [ '-c', 'electron .' ]
    11 silly lifecycle electron-quick-start@1.0.0~start: Returned: code: 1  signal: null
    12 info lifecycle electron-quick-start@1.0.0~start: Failed to exec start script
    13 verbose stack Error: electron-quick-start@1.0.0 start: `electron .`
    13 verbose stack Exit status 1
    13 verbose stack     at EventEmitter. (/usr/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/npm-lifecycle/index.js:301:16)
    13 verbose stack     at EventEmitter.emit (events.js:182:13)
    13 verbose stack     at ChildProcess. (/usr/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/npm-lifecycle/lib/spawn.js:55:14)
    13 verbose stack     at ChildProcess.emit (events.js:182:13)
    13 verbose stack     at maybeClose (internal/child_process.js:962:16)
    13 verbose stack     at Process.ChildProcess._handle.onexit (internal/child_process.js:251:5)
    14 verbose pkgid electron-quick-start@1.0.0
    15 verbose cwd /home/pi/electron-quick-start
    16 verbose Linux 4.14.79-v7+
    17 verbose argv "/usr/bin/node" "/usr/bin/npm" "start"
    18 verbose node v10.15.0
    19 verbose npm  v6.4.1
    20 error code ELIFECYCLE
    21 error errno 1
    22 error electron-quick-start@1.0.0 start: `electron .`
    22 error Exit status 1
    23 error Failed at the electron-quick-start@1.0.0 start script.
    23 error This is probably not a problem with npm. There is likely additional logging output above.
    24 verbose exit [ 1, true ]

    I’m beginning to think about the quote:

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

  • Module Developer

    @devinhedge said in Clean installation... fails left and right:

    Install Node.js from source

    The Nodesource install scripts will save you some time/steps:

    curl -sL | bash -
    apt-get install -y nodejs

    It looks like everything installed correctly. As has been said before:

    @michmich said in Clean installation... fails left and right:

    As others have said, most of your problems are because you use Raspbian Lite.

    The electron-quick-start app tries to install electron v4.0, which as I said above, does not work on the latest version of Raspbian–you need to use v3.0.13 (npm i electron@3.0.13).

    Also, are you trying to run electron from the Pi’s desktop or SSH? If you’re running it from SSH you need to run it with DISPLAY=:0 npm start