Compiling Sass Command Line Mac OS X

Posted on 2013-12-28
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Last Modified: 2013-12-30
I am new to Sass. I believe it is installed correctly on my Mac as when typed the command

sass -v, I received the proper response back at the command line,  Sass 3.2.12 (Media Mark).

I have changed the permissions in /Library/Ruby/Gems/ to be read/write.

When I try to compile my scss file with the update command, all I get back in the terminal services window is a response confirming the directory name:

~/Desktop/LessSass/CH4>sass --update var_styles.scss

Here is the response
-bash: /Users/myname/Desktop/LessSass/CH4: is a directory

My Library/Ruby/Gems.2.0 folder  and my LessSass folder have write enabled on them, so I don't know what I am doing wrong.  I am not getting any errors back. I can't seem to get the files to compile at the command line.

Thank you.
Question by:LT1415
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Eoin OSullivan earned 2000 total points
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First change your root directory to the target directory as follows
cd ~/Desktop/LessSass/CH4

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then run the sass compiler
sass --update var_styles.scss

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Do you still get errors?

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That's it! Thanks. I thought I had already navigated to to directory but noooooo.

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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for LT1415's comment #a39744851

for the following reason:

This resolved my problem.

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by:Eoin OSullivan
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I could see your command line was wrong. That's why I suggested you split it to be sure all was ok.
If you want I can correct the command too but you should allocate points for the answer not close it yourself as you didn't provide a solution.

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Thank you I meant to assign the points. I am fumbling up just about everything today.
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by:Eoin OSullivan
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No sweat. It happens.
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by:Eoin OSullivan
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In terms of the original command ...
cd ~/Desktop/LessSass/CH4 && sass --update var_styles.scss 

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The above line will run the two commands one after another
cd ~/Desktop/LessSass/CH4  - changes the directory to CH4
sass --update var_styles.scss - executes the sass compiler

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Duly noted! thank you....I am hours old in SASS and the command line

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