Chris Loftus Code and stuff

Using npm, bootstrap-sass and gulp-ruby-sass 1.0.0-alpha

I’m using npm as my only package manager now, as all the packages I need from Bower are available on npm, so I don’t see why I should use both.

On a recent project, I had some trouble with gulp and gulp-ruby-sass 1.0.0-alpha.2. I previously installed gulp-ruby-sass with Bower, which used an older version.

The Packages

$ npm install gulp gulp-ruby-sass gulp-autoprefixer bootstrap-sass browser-sync --save-dev

After installing these packages with npm, I then created my gulpfile.js. It looked something like this:

var gulp = require('gulp'),
    sass = require('gulp-ruby-sass'),
    autoprefix = require('gulp-autoprefixer'),
    notify = require('gulp-notify'),
    browserSync = require('browser-sync'),
    reload = browserSync.reload

var config = {
    sassPath: './resources/sass'

gulp.task('sass', function() {
    return gulp.src(config.sassPath + '/style.scss')
            style: 'compressed',
            loadPath: [
            // Unresolved bug with sourcemaps
            'sourcemap=none': true
        	.on('error', notify.onError(function (error) {
				return 'Error: ' + error.message;
        .pipe(autoprefix('last 2 versions'))
        .pipe(reload({stream: true})) // BrowserSync

gulp.task('html', function() {
    return gulp.src('./public/*.html')

gulp.task('browser-sync', function() {
        proxy: 'mlm.local'

gulp.task('watch', function() { + '/**/*.scss', ['sass']);'./public/*.html', ['html', reload]);

gulp.task('default', ['sass', 'browser-sync', 'watch']);

The Problem

After saving this and trying to compile my Sass, gulp was spitting out this error:

TypeError: Arguments to path.join must be strings

The Solution

It turns out that in gulp-ruby-sass 1.0.0 the syntax has changed a little. As subtly noted.

Now when creating a Sass gulp task, instead of:

gulp.task('sass', function() {
	return gulp.src(config.sassPath + '/style.scss')
			style: 'compressed'
			// etc...

You need to do:

gulp.task('sass', function() {
	return sass(config.sassPath + '/style.scss', {
		style: 'compressed',
		loadPaths: [
		.on('error', function (err) {
			console.log('Error!', err.message);
        .pipe( autoprefix('last 2 versions') )
        .pipe( gulp.dest('./public/stylesheets') )
        .pipe( reload( {stream: true} ) )

And it works. Note I haven’t added a js task, but its straightforward enough. I also need to investigate sourcemaps which there were issues with but I think they are fixed in 1.0.0-alpha.

I <3 Gulp! Here’s my current gulpfile.js.

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