An innocent-looking headline appeared in my feed reader last night, but I soon saw that the blog post to which the headline pointed meant some possibly significant changes for Hugo users.
The blog post’s title — “Request for Comments: New Embedded Protocol” — certainly didn’t raise any red flags, nor did its somewhat cheery opening paragraph:
If you’re not an author of a host package for the Embedded Sass Protocol, you can skip this blog post—although if you’re a big enough nerd, you may find it interesting regardless!
Well, I definitely am a “big enough nerd,” so I went ahead and read the post. And, boy, howdy, did I ever find it interesting, at least once I was able to grasp what it was announcing. It took me at least a couple of reads (and a few clicks of various Sass repository links) to get the picture, but here’s my very Hugo-centric summary of this surprising change.
- The methods by which Hugo users can install the Embedded Dart Sass binary (more on those methods shortly) will soon become invalid, because that item will cease to exist as a separate binary. Instead, it’ll be packaged within the Dart Sass binary.
- As a result, the Embedded Dart Sass repository is now archived. The final binary — at v.1.62.1, as currently is true for Dart Sass (and the Node.js version) — still works but presumably will receive no further updates.
- It’s unclear at this writing what this will mean for the Cloudflare Pages platform’s recently announced improvements for Hugo users. The CFP team is aware of the Sass blog post.
- I have made appropriate updates to all my own posts regarding how Hugo users can install Embedded Dart Sass:
I’ll provide further updates on these subjects as events warrant.
Important note, 2023-06-08: For now, until Hugo is able to work with the new packaging, you should keep using the current/archived Embedded Dart Sass binary (v.1.62.1). The new packaging doesn’t work fully with Hugo — e.g., it doesn’t “watch” files properly for when you make edits to your
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