Fix “no such file or directory, scandir”

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After 15+ years in the web development industry, and seeing the landscape of tooling change, I've really lost patience with tooling errors. Like...Old Man Walsh™ just wants yarn install to work so he can get on with his work day.

One recent error I ran into was from a dependency of a dependency:

$ node development/build/index.js dev
internal/fs/utils.js:307
    throw err;
    ^

Error: ENOENT: no such file or directory, scandir '/Users/myuser/Projects/metamask-extension/node_modules/node-sass/vendor'
    at Object.readdirSync (fs.js:1021:3)
    at Object.getInstalledBinaries (/Users/myuser/Projects/metamask-extension/node_modules/node-sass/lib/extensions.js:133:13)
    at foundBinariesList (/Users/myuser/Projects/metamask-extension/node_modules/node-sass/lib/errors.js:20:15)
    at foundBinaries (/Users/myuser/Projects/metamask-extension/node_modules/node-sass/lib/errors.js:15:5)
    at Object.module.exports.missingBinary (/Users/myuser/Projects/metamask-extension/node_modules/node-sass/lib/errors.js:45:5)
    at module.exports (/Users/myuser/Projects/metamask-extension/node_modules/node-sass/lib/binding.js:15:30)
    at Object. (/Users/myuser/Projects/metamask-extension/node_modules/node-sass/lib/index.js:14:35)
    at Module._compile (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:1063:30)
    at Object.Module._extensions..js (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:1092:10)
    at Module.load (internal/modules/cjs/loader.js:928:32) {
  errno: -2,
  syscall: 'scandir',
  code: 'ENOENT',
  path: '/Users/myuser/Projects/metamask-extension/node_modules/node-sass/vendor'
}
error Command failed with exit code 1.

Annoying as hell -- I just want to work! After sifting through pages of obscure web forums, I was able to find a solution:

npm rebuild node-sass

The npm rebuild {package} call helped to fix the issue and got me back into the game!

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Discussion

  1. Brian

    You yutes are so funny. When I was a kid, we had “error: too many trees in the forest” and my favorite “Error: No error.” (Um, then please, work?!)

    You’d think we’d have slightly better messages by now. Ok, to be fair, they are slightly better.

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