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Fixing the node-sass problem in Rails - node downgrade helps

Andrzej Krzywda
Arkency, Ruby, Rails, OOP, legacy apps, DDD
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Today I've had one of those irritating problems with Rails that I know one day I will have again. So, future me when you google it, here is the fix, you're welcome :)

The problem shows like this during rails new new_app

node_modules/node-sass: Command failed.
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and

1 error generated.
make: *** [Release/obj.target/binding/src/binding.o] Error 1
gyp ERR! build error 
gyp ERR! stack Error: `make` failed with exit code: 2
gyp ERR! stack     at ChildProcess.onExit (/Users/andrzej/apps/stimulus_infinite_scroll/node_modules/node-gyp/lib/build.js:262:23)
gyp ERR! stack     at ChildProcess.emit (node:events:365:28)
gyp ERR! stack     at Process.ChildProcess._handle.onexit (node:internal/child_process:290:12)
gyp ERR! System Darwin 19.6.0
gyp ERR! command "/usr/local/Cellar/node/16.0.0/bin/node" "/Users/andrzej/apps/stimulus_infinite_scroll/node_modules/node-gyp/bin/node-gyp.js" "rebuild" "--verbose" "--libsass_ext=" "--libsass_cflags=" "--libsass_ldflags=" "--libsass_library="
gyp ERR! cwd /Users/andrzej/apps/stimulus_infinite_scroll/node_modules/node-sass
gyp ERR! node -v v16.0.0
gyp ERR! node-gyp -v v3.8.0
gyp ERR! not ok
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As you can see, the node version used is 16.0.0. At the moment of writing this post, it's a relatively new version and not everything works fine with this.

The solution? Downgrade node.

In my case I did:

npm install -g n
sudo n 14
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and that's it.

A possible alternative:

brew remove node
brew install node@14
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If this helped you, let me know in the comments, so that I believe in value of such posts even more ;)

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Mingming Wang

This saved my day. Thanks!

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