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working on Ubuntu 18.04.3 and NPM 6.11.3 when I issue an install from within a project I get the error below. I've tried various packages but none succeed. I've also googled hoping the DELETE in the path would be significant but don't find anything

ekkis@ubuntu:~/Mac/dev/X$ npm i eslint --save-dev
npm WARN @ekkis/X@1.0.0 No repository field.

npm ERR! path /home/ekkis/Mac/dev/X/node_modules/.chalk.DELETE/node_modules/supports-color
npm ERR! code ENOENT
npm ERR! errno -2 
npm ERR! syscall rename
npm ERR! enoent ENOENT: no such file or directory, rename '/home/ekkis/Mac/dev/X/node_modules/.chalk.DELETE/node_modules/supports-color' -> '/home/ekkis/Mac/dev/X/node_modules/chalk/node_modules/supports-color'
npm ERR! enoent This is related to npm not being able to find a file.
npm ERR! enoent 

npm ERR! A complete log of this run can be found in:
npm ERR!     /home/ekkis/.npm/_logs/2019-09-04T01_23_04_972Z-debug.log

the instructions ask me to rename a file but the file doesn't exist... how can I troubleshoot this? I've looked in the logs but there's nothing useful there

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