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Tales from the bashrc: npr

alias npr='npm run -s --'

I added a new alias to my .bashrc today. I was fed up with npm's run command, it does two things that were annoying me.

Needlessly noisy

The first thing is that it's noisy. It spews out lots of information that I've never found useful and distracts from the real error(s).

For instance, running npm run lint in this repo spews out all this:

> @robb_j/r0b-blog@1.0.0 lint /Users/rob/dev/r0b/blog
> eslint

sh: eslint: command not found
npm ERR! syscall spawn
npm ERR! file sh
npm ERR! errno ENOENT
npm ERR! @robb_j/r0b-blog@1.0.0 lint: `eslint`
npm ERR! spawn ENOENT
npm ERR!
npm ERR! Failed at the @robb_j/r0b-blog@1.0.0 lint script.
npm ERR! This is probably not a problem with npm. There is likely additional logging output above.

npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in:
npm ERR!     /Users/rob/.npm/_logs/2020-01-14T20_35_05_835Z-debug.log

Whereas npm run -s lint goes straight to the error:

sh: eslint: command not found

Option stealing

The second annoying thing is that it steals dash-dash options, which gets infuriating when you're making a command-line tool.

If you ran npm run cli --help, the --help doesn't make it to your application, it instead shows the help for npm run. This is fixed by adding -- after run.

The alias

So I created npr, which combines these two things into a new smaller command. It's not going to change the world, but it makes my life a tiny bit easier.

alias npr='npm run -s --'