Installation issue on Windows


here is stack:

Running “download-atom-shell” task

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Aborted due to warnings.

What to do with it?

Win 7 x64 build issue

Okay, problem is gone by itself.


I got that error too. I don’t know if I messed something up, or if the build instructions in the current are wrong. Here’s what I did:

  1. Installed all of the prereqs from the README (Note: I’m on Windows 8.1.) I had Python27 and Git installed already, but everything else was fresh. After the GitHub for Windows install, it asks you to log in to GitHub, but I just closed the window.
  2. Cloned per the instructions
  3. Set my mail PATH environment variable per the instructions except added (x86) to Program Files for nodejs as that’s where the 32-bit version installs to by default.
  4. From the Windows Git Hub shell, I ran the specified commands.

Step 4 took quite a while. The very first thing it printed was:

npm WARN package.json github-url-from-git@1.1.1 No repository field.

Is that normal?
Finally, at the end, I got:

Running “download-atom-shell” task
>> The system cannot find the path specified.
Aborted due to warnings.

Since it seemed like it might be a PATH problem, I tried echo $path, which was empty.
Is that normal?

Next, I ran the script\build command from my normal Command Prompt (not PowerShell). This seems to have worked as it ends with Done, without errors. I do have cygwin in my normal PATH, so I don’t know if that made a difference. Maybe it was just a network fluke the first time that caused the failure and just running it twice would have worked.


This is completely normal. When I was making my own windows builds for the public, I had those errors a lot. I got various errors including NPM warnings, node-gyp rollback errors, and file not found problems. These errors were all solved simply by running script/build a second time in the same command prompt.

I can also confirm that powershell is not needed, and that plain old CMD works just fine.