Do you have to run meteor npm install every time you create a new app?
If you need any npm based packages installed, then yes (you can also use
npm install if you already have
npm installed). When you
meteor create a new 1.3 app, the only dependency added to the
package.json file is the
meteor-node-stubs package. The documentation on that package needs a bit of TLC to explain why it’s there, but it was summarized in the following github issue: