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Installing latest lessc on Ubuntu (Docker)

When you're installing "lessc" (LESS compiler) on Ubuntu using the node-LESS package. An outdated version is installed on your system. I ran into this problem when I wanted to do server-side compilation of my .LESS stylesheets. The outdated version didn't compile the stylesheets properly so I needed to replace it.

The problem however was that the environment runs in a Docker container and is build using commands in a Dockerfile. The process therefore needs to be automated using simple instructions.

The solution was simple. Instead of installing node-LESS I installed nodejs (on Ubuntu, don't forget nodejs-legacy) and NPM. I then ran:

npm install less -g

For a global, latest version of the LESS compiler.

Happy coding!

Published on May 14, 2015, 4:21 p.m.