Error while trying to install brave-browser

I wanted to start contributing to Brave. Currently I’m using ubuntu 20.04. I cloned the brave-browser repo, installed dependencies and ran

npm run init

This script went for a while, and I’ve encountered an error, to which log I post down below:

0 info it worked if it ends with ok
1 verbose cli [ '/usr/bin/node', '/usr/bin/npm', 'run', 'init' ]
2 info using npm@6.14.4
3 info using node@v10.19.0
4 verbose run-script [ 'preinit', 'init', 'postinit' ]
5 info lifecycle brave@1.39.9~preinit: brave@1.39.9
6 info lifecycle brave@1.39.9~init: brave@1.39.9
7 verbose lifecycle brave@1.39.9~init: unsafe-perm in lifecycle true
8 verbose lifecycle brave@1.39.9~init: PATH: /usr/share/npm/node_modules/npm-lifecycle/node-gyp-bin:/home/michal/brave-browser/node_modules/.bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games:/snap/bin
9 verbose lifecycle brave@1.39.9~init: CWD: /home/michal/brave-browser
10 silly lifecycle brave@1.39.9~init: Args: [ '-c', 'node ./scripts/init.js' ]
11 silly lifecycle brave@1.39.9~init: Returned: code: 1  signal: null
12 info lifecycle brave@1.39.9~init: Failed to exec init script
13 verbose stack Error: brave@1.39.9 init: `node ./scripts/init.js`
13 verbose stack Exit status 1
13 verbose stack     at EventEmitter.<anonymous> (/usr/share/npm/node_modules/npm-lifecycle/index.js:332:16)
13 verbose stack     at EventEmitter.emit (events.js:198:13)
13 verbose stack     at ChildProcess.<anonymous> (/usr/share/npm/node_modules/npm-lifecycle/lib/spawn.js:55:14)
13 verbose stack     at ChildProcess.emit (events.js:198:13)
13 verbose stack     at maybeClose (internal/child_process.js:982:16)
13 verbose stack     at Process.ChildProcess._handle.onexit (internal/child_process.js:259:5)
14 verbose pkgid brave@1.39.9
15 verbose cwd /home/michal/brave-browser
16 verbose Linux 5.13.0-37-generic
17 verbose argv "/usr/bin/node" "/usr/bin/npm" "run" "init"
18 verbose node v10.19.0
19 verbose npm  v6.14.4
20 error code ELIFECYCLE
21 error errno 1
22 error brave@1.39.9 init: `node ./scripts/init.js`
22 error Exit status 1
23 error Failed at the brave@1.39.9 init script.
23 error This is probably not a problem with npm. There is likely additional logging output above.
24 verbose exit [ 1, true ]

How can fix it?

I think I had the same error while running it on windows, what solved for me was to move my clone into the root, the github page notes:

Clone the Brave repository to C:\

We recommend cloning the brave-browser Git repository to the top level of your C:\ drive because:

  • Some developers have encountered problems with paths exceeding 256 chars when the repository is cloned to a subdirectory.
  • Some developers have encountered problems with paths that contain spaces (e.g. the path to your home directory, if your username contains spaces) and some of Chromium’s build tools.

This is for windows, pointed out on the windows requirements page:

I haven’t developed on Ubuntu but I noticed the instructions seem substantially different so you might want to check out the linux requirements page:

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