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Serve CoffeeScript, SCSS, or other transcompiling file via Python

Posted by Cosmia Luna on 2012-03-12 @ 14:59 and filed in Utilities

Usually it can be tiring to execute

coffee -c

every time, even in watching mode. So you can disable the static file serving by the code likes following.

from subprocess import Popen, PIPE
import shlex

class NonZeroExitError(Exception):
    def __init__(self, command, returncode, output, error):
        self.command = command
        self.returncode = returncode
        self.output = output
        self.error = error
    def __str__(self):
        return '''\
        %s returned non-zero exit status %d with output
        and error
        %s''' % (self.command, self.returncode,
                 self.output or "[NO OUTOUT]",
                 self.error or "[NO ERROR]")

def command_line_renderer_factory(command):
    '''command should be a command reads input from stdin
    and prints to stdout'''
    args = shlex.split(command)
    def renderer(script):
        '''Accepts a file object or path and return the
        rendered string'''
        if isinstance(script, file):
        elif isinstance(script, str):
            script = open(script)
            raise TypeError('script must be a file object of '
                            'or a string to the file')
        process = Popen(args, stdin=script,
                        stdout=PIPE, stderr=PIPE)
        returncode = process.wait()
        stdoutdata, stderrdata = process.communicate()
        if returncode != 0:
            raise NonZeroExitError(command, returncode,
                                   stdoutdata, stderrdata)
        return stdoutdata
    return renderer

and use them like:

render_coffee = \
    command_line_renderer_factory('coffee -cs')
render_raw_scss = \
    command_line_renderer_factory('sass -s --scss')

It will be a bit more complex to do this with LESS since the default lessc does not read stdin. But you can write a compiler that reads stdio like following, thanks Nikolay V. Nemshilov for the help of STDIN at ( http://st-on-it.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-read-user-input-with-nodejs.html ).

#!/usr/bin/env node

var less = require('less');


process.stdin.on('data', function (less_css) {
  less.render(less_css, function(e, css){

But be sure never to use such a hack on production, you should compile them and using the static ones.

This snippet by Cosmia Luna can be used freely for anything you like. Consider it public domain.