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On Dec 29, 2014, at 2:12 AM, noderiety wrote:

Hello, I just finished installing nodejs on ubuntu. I wanted to do a simple Hello World to get started so I executed the following at the command prompt:

node console.log('hello world')

However, this returns the following error:

-bash: syntax error near unexpected token '('

Any idea what might be causing this issue and how to fix?

Yes! You're actually mixing up two different things. The node command-line consists of a script to run, and arguments to pass to it, parsed by the shell -- the shell is what's giving you the error, because you're giving it javascript, not simple space-separated arguments like command-lines take. (you can do more, but quoting rules abound!)

So what you want to do is put your one-line script in a file -- call it 'hello.js' perhaps, then:

node hello.js

It should print out "hello world"

Aria

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