Why there is a firebase in /usr/local/bin?

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Description of the issue

When the firebase-app-distribution step trying to install npm packets,
it gets a error because a firebase file was already under /usr/local/bin path.


Xcode 11.2.x, on macOS 10.14.6 (Mojave)
firebase-app-distribution@0.4.0 and 0.3.0

Before any steps got run, there is a firebase file under /usr/local/bin


  • Does a “Rebuild” help? (You can trigger a rebuild from the Build’s page, by clicking the “Rebuild” button in the top right corner of a finished build) : NO
  • Does a rebuild without caches help? (You can remove the Cache:Pull and Cache:Push steps temporarily to not to use the cache, or you can delete all the caches on the Settings tab of the app. : NO
  • Does the issue happen sporadically, or every time? : sporadically, but almost every time
  • Does upgrading the build Step to the latest version help? : NO
  • When did the issue start? : Nov 17, 2019

Local reproduction

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Local reproduction: Linux / Android (docker based) stack builds

Can it be reproduced by running the build locally, after doing a new git clone of the repository into the /tmp directory and running the build from there with the Bitrise CLI ( Bitrise CLI )? If no, can it be reproduced with Docker (using the same docker images / environment we use on bitrise.io)? Related guide: Redirecting… .


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I faced the same issue. To fix this I had to add a script workflow and add the following lines:

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/bin/firebase

This should not be necessary.

Please look into this.



This problem seems to be solved in version 0.5.0

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