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Use npx aud instead of npm audit, whether you have a lockfile or not!

It's a great idea to run npm audit in CI; it ensures that you don't unknowingly have vulnerabilities in your dep graph.

Unfortunately, it doesn't work without a lockfile 😿 and only apps should have lockfiles. It also requires npm v6 or above.

Now, instead of npm audit, you can run npx aud! If your repo has a lockfile, it will just run npm audit; if it does not, it will use npm-lockfile to copy your package.json and your currently configured audit level (npm config get audit-level) to a temp dir that has the proper version of npm installed, it will use npm install --package-lock-only to create a temporary lockfile, and it will run npm audit there. On exit, all the temp dirs will get cleaned up.

aud fix without a lockfile present will throw npm audit's normal "no lockfile" error, since there's no way to preserve fixes to transitive dependencies.


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