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Mikael asked on 08 Apr 2020, 07:07 AM

Forgive me if this is a newbie question, but I just started working with Visual Studio Code and NPM.

I am using Visual Studio Code to build a Kendo UI jQuery-based application (including the use of typescript)

I am following the instructions here: https://docs.telerik.com/kendo-ui/intro/installation/npm. I also install typescript support, using the instructions here: https://docs.telerik.com/kendo-ui/third-party/typescript. I am not following the instructions completely, I use

This works fine, in a way, but during the NPM-installation, the .js and .css files are located deep down in /node_modules/...

So, in my HTML-file, instead of using something like this:

    <link href="styles/kendo.common.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />

I have to use:

    <link href="node_modules\@progress\kendo-ui\css\web\kendo.common.min.css" rel="stylesheet" />

That doesn't feel right. Of course, I could manually copy the css, js, etc files from the node_modules structure to folders "styles", "js", etc but that would make the use of NPM rather useless (I could just as well manually download the.zip-file from Telerik and copy the files). Also, if I would run NPM -install again, I could potentially bring down new versions of the css/js-files, and would have to remember to manually copy the files to "styles", "js"-folders again.

I have a feeling I am using the wrong technique here, any ideas?

/Fredrik

 

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Ivan Danchev
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answered on 09 Apr 2020, 07:49 PM

Hello Fredrik,

NPM installs packages to node_modules, not just our packages, but packages in general. I'll quote a member of the NPM team:

"If you're looking for a way to install something from npm but not have it
end up in node_modules, then no, we're not going to do that or add that
kind of functionality.

I don't mean to come off as belligerent, but packages on npm get installed
to node_modules by design and that is not going to change."

More on this you can find in their Github repo.

Regards,
Ivan Danchev
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