Introduction to Node.js

Node.js is a JavaScript runtime built on Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine.

This package is known to build and work properly using an LFS-11.0 platform.

Package Information

Node.js Dependencies





http-parser and npm (an internal copy of npm will be installed if not present)

User Notes:

Installation of Node.js

Build Node.js by running the following commands:

sed -i 's|ares_nameser.h|arpa/nameser.h|' src/cares_wrap.h &&
./configure --prefix=/usr                  \
            --shared-cares                 \
            --shared-libuv                 \
            --shared-openssl               \
            --shared-nghttp2               \
            --shared-zlib                  \
            --with-intl=system-icu         &&

To test the results, issue: make test-only. One test in test/parallel/test-uv-errno.js is known to fail with libuv-1.42.0.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
ln -sf node /usr/share/doc/node-14.17.5

Command Explanations

sed -i 's%ares_\(nameser.h\)%arpa/\1%' ...: This fixes building with the system version of c-ares.

--with-intl=system-icu: use the system version of icu. Other values are full-icu (to build a local, full icu library) and small-icu (to build a local, minimal icu library).

--shared-{cares,libuv,nghttp2,openssl,zlib}: use the system installed libraries instead of local copies.

--without-npm: do not build npm (use if you'd like to build a separate npm later).

--shared-http-parser: use the system installed library instead of a local copy.


Installed Programs: node, npm, and npx
Installed Library: None
Installed Directories: /usr/include/node, /usr/lib/node_modules/npm, /usr/share/doc/{node,node-14.17.5}, and /usr/share/systemtap/tapset

Short Descriptions


is the server-side JavaScript runtime


is the Node.js package manager


is the installation root for Node.js executables and libraries

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