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JavaScript Express Basics (2015) Doing more with Express Using “express-generator” to Start an Express Project

Brendan Whiting
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Brendan Whiting
Front End Web Development Techdegree Graduate 84,736 Points

Why did "node .bin/www" throw an error?

Brendans-MacBook-Pro:TESTAPP brendan.whiting$ node .bin/www
module.js:327
    throw err;
    ^

Error: Cannot find module '/Users/brendan.whiting/Projects/TESTAPP/.bin/www'
    at Function.Module._resolveFilename (module.js:325:15)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:276:25)
    at Function.Module.runMain (module.js:441:10)
    at startup (node.js:134:18)
    at node.js:962:3
Brendans-MacBook-Pro:TEXTAPP brendan.whiting$ npm start

> TESTAPP@0.0.0 start /Users/brendan.whiting/Projects/TESTAPP
> node ./bin/www

GET / 200 445.632 ms - 170
GET / 200 24.364 ms - 170
GET /stylesheets/style.css 200 3.912 ms - 111

I did 'node .bin/www' and got an error. npm start did work. I'm just wondering why the other way didn't.

Sam Hall
Sam Hall
Courses Plus Student 8,636 Points

Hi Brendan,

You're missing a slash.

It should be node ./bin/www not node .bin/www.

The error comes because there is no folder called .bin. You could also use node bin/www.

Sam