A really quick guide to getting started with
react-native in 2018.
Let’s see what we’re dealing with:
$ uname -a Darwin hostname.local 17.4.0 Darwin Kernel Version 17.4.0: Sun Dec 17 09:19:54 PST 2017; root:xnu-4570.41.2~1/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64
If you don’t speak
uname, that means OSX High Sierra.
The ‘Getting Started’ section of the official React Native documentation (at least at this point in time, the 0.54 release) recommends installing
npm. This isn’t going to fly with npm@5 due to various reasons, which you can find in this total shit-show of a thread.
Unfortunately, I’ve already installed some
node-related packages using
brew. As such:
$ npm --version 5.6.0 $ node --version v9.5.0
The workaround is to use
yarn. Install it as follows:
$ npm install -g yarn
Once this is complete, you can start a sample application:
$ create-react-native-app test $ cd test $ yarn start
Inevitably, this will also break in seemingly ridiculous ways:
$ yarn start yarn run v1.5.1 $ react-native-scripts start 16:51:43: Unable to start server See https://git.io/v5vcn for more information, either install watchman or run the following snippet: sudo sysctl -w kern.maxfiles=5242880 sudo sysctl -w kern.maxfilesperproc=524288 error An unexpected error occurred: "Command failed.
I’m faintly bemused. I suppose we need to tweak some kernel parameters?
$ sudo sysctl -w kern.maxfiles=5242880 Password: kern.maxfiles: 49152 -> 5242880 $ sudo sysctl -w kern.maxfilesperproc=524288 kern.maxfilesperproc: 24576 -> 524288
Now let’s try again:
$ yarn start yarn run v1.5.1 $ react-native-scripts start 16:58:17: Starting packager... Packager started! <.details omitted ...>
Okay, I’m quite tickled by the ANSI QR code. This can be opened with Expo on a mobile device.