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-9.1 platform.

Package Information

  • Download (HTTP):

  • Download MD5 sum: 549582c075072c689c245ba12ecac54a

  • Download size: 23 MB

  • Estimated disk space required: 658 MB (add 31 MB for tests)

  • Estimated build time: 7.8 SBU (using parallelism=4; add 2.2 SBU for tests)

Node.js Dependencies


Python-2.7.17 and Which-2.21



http-parser, 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:

./configure --prefix=/usr                  \
            --shared-cares                 \
            --shared-libuv                 \
            --shared-nghttp2               \
            --shared-openssl               \
            --shared-zlib                  \
            --with-intl=system-icu         &&

To test the results, issue: make check. One test, test-dns, is known to fail.

Now, as the root user:

make install &&
ln -sf node /usr/share/doc/node-12.16.1

Command Explanations

--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 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, 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.

Last updated on 2020-02-20 18:09:20 -0800