deprecation notice: as npm has scaled, the registry architecture has gradually migrated towards a complex distributed architecture, of which npm-registry-couchapp is only a small part. FOSS is an important part of npm, and over time we plan on exposing more APIs, and better documenting the existing API.
npm-registry-couchapp is still a core part of our functionality, but all new registry features are now added to the micro-services that now make up npm. For this reason, we will not be accepting any pull requests, or making any changes to this codebase going forward.
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The design doc for The npm Registry CouchApp
You need CouchDB version 1.4.0 or higher. 1.5.0 or higher is best.
Once you have CouchDB installed, create a new database:
curl -X PUT http://localhost:5984/registry
You'll need the following entries added in your
[couch_httpd_auth]public_fields = appdotnet, avatar, avatarMedium, avatarLarge, date, email, fields, freenode, fullname, github, homepage, name, roles, twitter, type, _id, _revusers_db_public = true[httpd]secure_rewrites = false[couchdb]delayed_commits = false
Clone the repository if you haven't already, and cd into it:
git clone git://github.com/npm/npm-registry-couchapp cd npm-registry-couchapp
Now install the stuff:
Sync the ddoc to
npm start \ --npm-registry-couchapp:couch=http://admin:password@localhost:5984/registry
Next, make sure that views are loaded:
npm run load \ --npm-registry-couchapp:couch=http://admin:password@localhost:5984/registry
And finally, copy the ddoc from
npm run copy \ --npm-registry-couchapp:couch=http://admin:password@localhost:5984/registry
Of course, you can avoid the command-line flag by setting it in your ~/.npmrc file:
_ prevents any other packages from seeing the setting (with a
password) in their environment when npm runs scripts for those other
Replicating the Registry
To replicate the registry without attachments, you can point your CouchDB replicator at https://skimdb.npmjs.com/registry. Note that attachments for public packages will still be loaded from the public location, but anything you publish into your private registry will stay private.
Using the registry with the npm client
With the setup so far, you can point the npm client at the registry by putting this in your ~/.npmrc file:
registry = http://localhost:5984/registry/_design/app/_rewrite
You can also set the npm registry config property like:
npm config set \ registry=http://localhost:5984/registry/_design/app/_rewrite
Or you can simple override the registry config on each call:
npm \ --registry=http://localhost:5984/registry/_design/app/_rewrite \ install <package>
Optional: top-of-host urls
To be snazzier, add a vhost config:
[vhosts] registry.mydomain.com:5984 = /registry/_design/app/_rewrite
registry.mydomain.com is the hostname where you're running the
5984 is the port that CouchDB is running on. If you're
running on port 80, then omit the port altogether.
Then for example you can reference the repository like so:
npm config set registry http://registry.mydomain.com:5984