Failed to resolve "fs" or "path" in Remix 💿

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This is the error message I've got in my browsers console:

Uncaught TypeError: failed to resolve "fs". Relative references must start with either "./", "../" or "/"

Though I first noticed:

Uncaught TypeError: routeModules is undefined
    RemixRoute components.js:181
    React 17
    <anonymous> entry.client.tsx:4

Though as the terminal builds correctly I should've come earlier to this conclusion, importing is not the problem, but Remix couldn't completely remove it from the browser bundle and that's where the problem lies, as NodeJS core modules aren't supported in the browser (at least not directly).

I thought Remix would be able to remove it from the browser bundle as I'm only using the core-functions in a loader, but sometimes things can get confused, especially directly in route files.

Luckily Remix gives us a way to ensure certain imports won't accidentaly end up in the browser bundle, by suffixing a file with .server.(jsx?|tsx?) like utils.server.ts.

So instead of importing those core-module functions like "fs" directly in my route file, I'm now re-exporting them from utils.server.ts like so:

export { readdir, readFile, stat } from "fs/promises";
export { extname, join, relative } from "path";

and then I can easily import them

import { readdir, join } from "~/utils.server";


Can Rau
Can Rau

Doing web-development since around 2000, building my digital garden with a mix of back-to-the-roots-use-the-platform and modern edge-rendered-client-side-magic tech 📻🚀

Living and working in the tropical rainforest of Perú 🐒