Debug Yeoman team-services-extension in 5 steps

I recently ran into a bug while trying team-services-extension yeoman generator on macOS. The bug doesn’t affect the overall generator flow it just causes the generator to fail in the last step when packaging the extension into vsix.

The bug is now fixed in the latest release v1.0.35, Visual Studio Code was my best buddy troubleshoot this issue and fix it!

What does the bug look like?



Here is the full trace:


throw er; // Unhandled 'error' event


Error: ENOENT: no such file or directory, uv_chdir

at process.chdir (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/yo/node_modules/graceful-fs/polyfills.js:21:9)

at process.chdir (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/generator-team-services-extension/node_modules/graceful-fs/polyfills.js:21:9)

at child.install (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/generator-team-services-extension/generators/taskitem/index.js:254:12)

at Object. (/usr/local/lib/node_modules/generator-team-services-extension/node_modules/yeoman-generator/lib/base.js:431:23)

at /usr/local/lib/node_modules/generator-team-services-extension/node_modules/run-async/index.js:25:25

at /usr/local/lib/node_modules/generator-team-services-extension/node_modules/run-async/index.js:24:19

at /usr/local/lib/node_modules/generator-team-services-extension/node_modules/yeoman-generator/lib/base.js:432:9

at runCallback (timers.js:672:20)

at tryOnImmediate (timers.js:645:5)

at processImmediate [as _immediateCallback] (timers.js:617:5)

The expected, after bug fix, behaviour


Let’s walk through the five debugging steps

So, in this post I’ll detail the steps needed to debug yeoman generators on Windows/macOS using Visual Studio code.

  • Clone the GitHub repo

  • Visual Studio Code

    • Open the repo folder using Visual Studio Code.
    • Using the integrated terminal run npm install to install the required dependencies.
  • Enable debugging in Visual Studio Code

    • Click on the Debugging icon in the Activity Bar on the side of VS Code.


    • In the top, you will see that Visual Studio Code shows No Configurations in the Debug dropdown.

    • Click Add Configuration.SNAGHTMLdbbc896

    • Select Node.js environment.

    • The above step will create a launch configuration file - launch.json.

    • Select Node.js: Yeoman generator and in the configurations, change the args value to your generator name, ie. team-services-extension.

    • Your final configurations should look like below.

  • Link

    • In the integrated terminal run npm link this command for link npm package on this folder.
  • Start debugging

    • Click Start Debugging from debugging view or from the debugging menu.

What was the actual bug?

The bug turned out to be a path concatenation issue.

this.log(`+ Running npm build for compile typescript and create package for vsix generating`);

process.chdir(that.destinationRoot() + "\\" + extensionFolder);

this.spawnCommandSync('npm', ['run', 'build'], { stdio: ['pipe', 'pipe', process.stderr] });

The above code try to set the path to the extension folder using process.chdir before packaging the extension using npm run build but we were constructing the path manually (Windows-style) providing backslash separator which works fine on Windows.


On macOS, the path will look like /Users/hkamel/Desktop/generator-team-services-extension \ demobuildtask which is not a valid path and will generate an exception.


As best practices to support better cross-platform code, we should rely on the path module to handle cross-platform paths. Path.join is our friend in that case.

Happy debugging!