Dist-tag error messages



tried starting over 3 times to see if something was different. i keep running in to the same error:

nmiddleton27:~/workspace/pkg (master) $ npm dist-tag add pkg@1.0.2 beta
npm ERR! Linux 4.8.8-c9
npm ERR! argv “/home/ubuntu/.nvm/versions/node/v4.6.1/bin/node” “/home/ubuntu/.nvm/versions/node/v4.6.1/bin/npm” “dist-tag” “add” “pkg@1.0.2” "beta"
npm ERR! node v4.6.1
npm ERR! npm v4.3.0
npm ERR! code E404

npm ERR! 404 missing : -/package/pkg/dist-tags

npm ERR! Please include the following file with any support request:
npm ERR! /home/ubuntu/.npm/_logs/2017-03-05T18_02_49_987Z-debug.log

Npm unable to add or even list dist-tags

found the problem (and the solution)… the format in the tutorial says to type:

(problem)npm dist-tag add pkg@1.0.1 tttt

what you actually need to type is:

(SOLUTION)npm dist-tag add @{username}/{package name}@{version number} {tag}
(npm dist-tag add @nate/dev@1.0.1 beta)


I am having difficulty adding a dist-tag too. Similar error messages and even when the command succeeds and I get
+[beta]: @linclark/pkg@1.0.1
there is still only the 1 dist-tag when I npm dist-tag ls.
I have tried dozens of variations so far including

npm dist-tag add @linclark/pkg@1.0.1 beta
npm dist-tag add linclark@1.0.1 beta
npm dist-tag add pkg@1.0.1 beta
npm dist-tag add @username/linclark@1.1.0 [“beta”]
npm dist-tag add @username /linclark@1.0.1 [beta]

as well as the solutions mentioned here
npm dist-tag add @{username}/{package name}@{version number} {tag}

Any help would be greatly appreciated