I had trouble installing global npm packages, which failed due to permission errors. I don't want to use sudo as this will lead to problems later, and I don't want to set the global installation directory to a local directory, as that means other users don't have access to the packages.
As recommended by the NodeJS documentation this is best fixed by installing node via a version manager.
First, remove node which I incorrectly installed with homebrew:
brew uninstall node
Then install nvm as per the official instructions. In my case this also failed as this is a new system that doesn't have a
.bash_profile yet. Hower as I wanted to install the zsh shell, I installed oh-my-zsh as per the instructions on their site.
Once zsh was installed (or you've created a
touch ~/.bash_profile, you can install node in a correct manner as follows:
nvm install node