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Solution To Netlify Lambda Function ELIFECYCLE Error

Posted on the 03 September 2020 by Pro Webguru @prowebguru

Recently I started doing some experiments with , I faced an issue with Netlify Lambda functions and it was showing error " npm ERR! code ELIFECYCLE ".

Following is the error message in the Visual Studio Code (VS Code) after running "npm start" command when running a Netlify Lambda.

PS C:\Users\prowebguru\Documents\node-projects\netlify-test> npm start
[email protected] start C:\Users\prowebguru\Documents\node-projects\netlify-test
netlify-lambda serve src
netlify-lambda: Starting server
throw peg$buildException(null, peg$maxFailExpected, peg$maxFailPos);
[SyntaxError: Expected "#", "\n", "\r" or [ \t] but ";" found.] {
expected: [
{ type: 'literal', value: '#', description: '"#"' },
{ type: 'literal', value: '\n', description: '"\n"' },
{ type: 'literal', value: '\r', description: '"\r"' },
{ type: 'class', value: '[ \t]', description: '[ \t]' }
found: ';',
offset: 36,
line: 2,
column: 28
npm ERR! errno 1
npm ERR! [email protected] start:netlify-lambda serve src npm ERR! Exit status 1 npm ERR! npm ERR! Failed at the [email protected] start script. npm ERR! This is probably not a problem with npm. There is likely additional logging output above. npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in: npm ERR! C:\Users\prowebguru\AppData\Roaming\npm-cache_logs\2020-09-02T16_35_35_126Z-debug.log
I have created a Netlify Lambda using Node, Express, Serverless-http. Created netlify.toml file.

I also created 2 commands "start" and "build" in my package.json file.

"scripts": {
    "start": "netlify-lambda serve src",
    "build": "netlify-lambda build src"

Once I run " npm start", I started getting error npm ERR! code ELIFECYCLE

After carefully looking at my code in each and every file and also looking at error message, it was an issue with syntax in my netlify.toml file.

Actually I had put semicolon (";") at the end of the line (JavaScript practice) and I was not able to build Netlify Lambda function.

Here is a sample Netlify.toml file

    functions = "functions"

So if you see error in " toml\lib\parser.js " file, then don't forget to check your TOML file for syntax errors.

Did you also face this issue? What was the cause? Comment below and let me know.

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