Npm unable to add or even list dist-tags

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#1

Completely stuck with this now.

npm dist-tag ls

result:
npm ERR! dist-tag ls Couldn’t get dist-tag data for johnnyb
npm ERR! Linux 4.2.0-c9
npm ERR! argv “/home/ubuntu/.nvm/versions/node/v4.5.0/bin/node” “/home/ubuntu/.nvm/versions/node/v4.5.0/bin/npm” “dist-tag” "ls"
npm ERR! node v4.5.0
npm ERR! npm v3.10.9
npm ERR! code E404

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

npm ERR! Please include the following file with any support request:
npm ERR! /home/ubuntu/workspace/devenv/npm-debug.log


#2

found the issue. see my post here: