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[Solved] Error: Cannot find module '...' node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:936


Running into the following error when trying to run a React application with npm start:

$ npm start

> frontend@0.1.0 start
> react-scripts start

'ReactJSExampleApps\node-react-ecommerce\frontend\node_modules\.bin\' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
operable program or batch file.
  throw err;

Error: Cannot find module 'C:\Users\sheha\OneDrive\Documents\react-scripts\bin\react-scripts.js'
    at Function.Module._resolveFilename (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:933:15)
    at Function.Module._load (node:internal/modules/cjs/loader:778:27)
    at Function.executeUserEntryPoint [as runMain] (node:internal/modules/run_main:81:12)
    at node:internal/main/run_main_module:17:47 {
  requireStack: []


There are a number of possible causes for this problem, but in my case it was because the parent directory containing my React app was named in the format Next&ReactApps. The presence of the & caused npm to not be able to navigate into the React app's root directory and therefore was throwing these Cannot find module errors. To fix this, make sure to remove the & from the names of any directories in the path to your React applications.


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