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Installing dredd

Dredd is a useful sounding tool that one of my colleagues mentioned to me at work. I thought I would play around with a little to better understand where it lies in the software development toolkit.

The first problem I faced was in installing dredd on Ubuntu 14.04. It turned out to be the classic node vs nodejs naming conflict.

The documentation suggested I attempt to install dredd via the command below

sudo npm install -g dredd

That resulted in a lot of verbose and silly level output. Eventually npm spat out the following:

npm ERR!
npm ERR! Additional logging details can be found in:
npm ERR! /vagrant/code/npm-debug.log
npm ERR! not ok code 0

I also noticed a lot of lines similiar to the following:

npm Error: ENOENT, lstat '/usr/local/lib/node_modules/dredd/node_modules/html/img/copyashtml'

A few google searches later I came across this issue on github titled ‘Installation troubles’. A comment about node reminded me to try

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nodejs /usr/local/bin/node

The installation now completed succesfully:

$ dredd --version
dredd v1.0.2