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If you run `npm install` with an argument, then you're saying "get me this thing, and update the lock file", so it'll do that. `npm install` with no argument will only add new things if they're required by package.json, and not already satisfied, or if they don't match the package-lock.json.

In the bug linked, they wanted to install a specific package (not matching what was in the lockfile), without updating the lockfile. That's what `--no-save` will do.

The SO link is from almost 2 years ago, and a whole major version back. So I honestly don't know. Maybe a bug that was fixed? If this is still a problem for you on the latest release, maybe take it up on https://npm.community or a GitHub issue?




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