I've just set up a new computer (macOS) and when I tried to install cordova it failed. It looked like it was doing somthing for a suspiciouly short time and then it exit whitout any error.
It seems the problem was I was trying to install it from an app folder that contained a folder named cordova and although I was running "sudo npm install -g cordova" which is supposed to install it globally it didn't work. All it did was to link my app folder to /usr/local/lib/node_modules . After I removed the link and rand "npm install -g cordova" it installed corretly.
Note to self: next time you install cordova on a new computer make sure you don't do it from a place where there's already a "cordova" folder.