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Old 10-20-2017, 05:39 AM   #1
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install node.js results in Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

hi, I'm trying to install node.js for the first time on ubuntu 16.04.3.

tim@tim-Inspiron-5767:~$ sudo apt-get install -y nodejs
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed
0 to upgrade, 1 to newly install, 0 to remove and 5 not to upgrade.
17 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 12.5 MB of archives.
After this operation, 57.6 MB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 xenial/main amd64 nodejs amd64 8.7.0-1nodesource1 [12.5 MB]
Fetched 12.5 MB in 8s (1,461 kB/s)
(Reading database ... 220918 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../nodejs_8.7.0-1nodesource1_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking nodejs (8.7.0-1nodesource1) ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/nodejs_8.7.0-1nodesource1_amd64.deb (--unpack):
unable to open '/usr/lib/node_modules/npm/node_modules/glob/sync.js.dpkg-new': Operation not permitted
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.5-1) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

There seem to be many posts online trying to fix this error code and for problems installing node.js.

I've tried a couple of hours worth of research solutions, including:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get -f install
sudo dpkg --configure -a
sudo apt-get clean
I've also tried to install node.js via curl and from different repositories and tar.gz.

node -v
confirms that there is no version installed.
I've also tried to make sure:
apt-get remove --purge nodejs
I've rebooted and tried above all again.

Please can you explain what else I could try? thanks
Old 10-24-2017, 04:24 AM   #2
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Remove nodejs completely.
apt-get update
apt-get -f install

Make sure you do not get error, if yes solve it first.
Remove node modules completely using rm -r inside /usr/lib
Now try to install nodejs again.


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