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I have a recurring problem with web3. I follow the instructions on this page: https://github.com/paritytech/parity/wiki/Basic-Usage

Where it says "Node.js CLI Console" and instead of getting the expected results, this is the end of what I see:

     { [Function: send]
        method: [Object],
        request: [Function: bound ],
        call: 'shh_getSymKey' },
     deleteSymKey: 
      { [Function: send]
        method: [Object],
        request: [Function: bound ],
        call: 'shh_deleteSymKey' },
     newMessageFilter: 
      { [Function: send]
        method: [Object],
        request: [Function: bound ],
        call: 'shh_newMessageFilter' },
     getFilterMessages: 
      { [Function: send]
        method: [Object],
        request: [Function: bound ],
        call: 'shh_getFilterMessages' },
     deleteMessageFilter: 
      { [Function: send]
        method: [Object],
        request: [Function: bound ],
        call: 'shh_deleteMessageFilter' },
     post: 
      { [Function: send]
        method: [Object],
        request: [Function: bound ],
        call: 'shh_post' } },
  bzz: 
   Bzz {
     givenProvider: null,
     currentProvider: null,
     isAvailable: [Function],
     upload: [Function],
     download: [Function] } }
> web3.eth.blockNumber
undefined
> 

Does anyone recognize this and if so what could I be missing? I have tried installing web3 globally as root too but the result is the same.

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  • I think the problem is with the version of web3. Try npm install web3@0.20 to force the stable version, instead of the v1.0 beta that is installed by default. – Ismael Dec 2 '17 at 22:14
  • Yes that worked! If you make this an answer I will mark it correct. – stone.212 Dec 3 '17 at 3:08
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The problem was the version of web3 installed by default is v1.0 beta is not compatible with the wiki pages.

Try npm install web3@0.20 to force the installation of the stable version.

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