GRPC + Google Cloud: Cannot find module grpc_node.node

Paul Kinlan

I have been running a small service on Google Compute Engine (Ubuntu) that requires the google-cloud npm module but I kept hitting an error with grpc_node.node not being found.

Error: Cannot find module '/home/paul_kinlan/web-push-rocks/frontend/node_modules/google-cloud/node_modules/grpc/src/node/extens
ion_binary/grpc_node.node'
    at Function.Module._resolveFilename (module.js:469:15)
    at Function.Module._load (module.js:417:25)
    at Function._load (/usr/lib/node_modules/pm2/node_modules/pmx/lib/transaction.js:62:21)
    at Module.require (module.js:497:17)
    at require (internal/module.js:20:19)
    at Object.<anonymous> (/home/paul_kinlan/web-push-rocks/frontend/node_modules/google-cloud/node_modules/grpc/src/node/src/gr
pc_extension.js:38:15)
    at Module._compile (module.js:570:32)
    at Object.Module._extensions..js (module.js:579:10)
    at Module.load (module.js:487:32)
    at tryModuleLoad (module.js:446:12)

It was incredibly frustrating as I have not seen any recognition of the issues that many people are facing.

The solution that I found (well Surma on our team found) was to force a rebuild of the module from source as follows:

npm install
npm rebuild --build-from-source google-cloud

Stupid node. Stupid Cloud platform. :)

Paul Kinlan

Trying to make the web and developers better.

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