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When I run npm install -g grunt-cli I get output about install location:
/home/XXX/.nvm/versions/node/v8.11.4/bin/grunt -> /home/XXX/.nvm/versions/node/v8.11.4/lib/node_modules/grunt-cli/bin/grunt although my node installation is in different folder:

which npm
/opt/node.js/node/bin/npm

Some time back, I installed node using apt install, which installed Node.js 8.11.4. After it, I installed nvm. I was not happy with it and I uninstalled both, deleted ~/.nvm directory. Now npm install -g grunt-cli command creates ~/.nvm directory and does not add /home/XXX/.nvm/versions/node/v8.11.4/bin/grunt to the path (as documentation states).
None of environment variables point to ~/.nvm folder.
Why npm uses some leftovers and does not install in location where node is?

  • When running sudo npm install -g grunt-cli grunt is installed at correct location and grunt is added to bin folder (/opt/node.js/node/bin/grunt) – zdenko.s Feb 25 at 12:55
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Trick was in ~/.npmrc file. It contained line:

prefix=/home/XXX/.nvm/versions/node/v8.11.4

It is leftover of nvm installation. After commenting this line installation was done to correct location.

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