A story about npm publish / unpublish

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Today I sat down and wrote a tiny package called wait-for-user-input. it can be used to wait for stdin input in a command line script.

After I published the package on registry.npmjs.org, I noticed that I accidentally published it with the npm account from work…

calm down.

docs.npmjs.com/cli/unpublish to the rescue!

If no version is specified, or if all versions are removed then the root package entry is removed from the registry entirely.

So I ran a few npm unpublish by decrementing the version in the package.json, and the package was removed from npm.

npm, tell me who am i 👍

npm whoami prints the username of the currently logged in user on the shell.

After a npm login command with my personal account credentials, I double checked that I was logged in with my personal account.

~/D/p/wait-for-user-input (master) npm whoami

npm publish 👎

I was almost ready to publish to npm, but I was blocked by this error:

~/D/p/wait-for-user-input (master) npm publish
npm ERR! publish Failed PUT 403
npm ERR! code E403
npm ERR! wait-for-user-input cannot be republished until 24 hours have passed. : wait-for-user-input
~/D/p/wait-for-user-input (master)

In fact, on docs.npmjs.com it’s clearly written that:

with the default registry (registry.npmjs.org), unpublish is only allowed with versions published in the last 24 hours. If you are trying to unpublish a version published longer ago than that, contact [email protected].

next steps

So, now I need to:

  • ~wait 24 hours~
  • ~publish again under the correct npm account~

~Tomorrow I’ll update the article.~

Check out the updated section!

how to avoid

is there a prepublish hook that could check that the usernames from a github repo match the one on npm?

I don’t know. Maybe one day I’ll find it out and report back.

Do you know if there is a way to have multiple npm accounts on the same shell? (e.g. ~/.aws/credentials)

⚡️ it worked!


wait-for-user-input is available on npm!

(under the correct account this time 😅)

Here, have a slice of pizza 🍕