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Invalid HMR message error Webpack

5:09am 3rd April 2016 8889 Views

I'm getting the following error from Webpack:

Invalid HMR message Followed by a string of very detailed JSON.

There really aren't any resources that I can find to better debug this. Any tips?

Webpack console errors

Bonus if anyone can give me insight to why require can't be found when it's used throughout the app no problem.

Here are some details:

  • Running Node/Babel
  • Using Webpack

NPM dependencies:

  "dependencies": {
    "babel-core": "^6.7.2",
    "babel-polyfill": "^6.7.4",
    "body-parser": "~1.12.0",
    "cookie-parser": "~1.3.4",
    "css-modules-require-hook": "^4.0.0",
    "cuid": "^1.3.8",
    "debug": "~2.1.1",
    "express": "~4.12.2",
    "fs": "0.0.2",
    "react": "^0.14.7",
    "react-dom": "^0.14.7",
    "react-redux": "^4.4.1",
    "react-router": "^2.0.1",
    "redux": "^3.3.1",
    "serve-favicon": "~2.2.0",
    "webpack": "^1.12.13"
  },
  "devDependencies": {
    "babel-eslint": "^5.0.0",
    "babel-loader": "^6.2.4",
    "babel-plugin-react-transform": "^2.0.2",
    "babel-polyfill": "^6.7.4",
    "babel-preset-es2015": "^6.6.0",
    "babel-preset-react": "^6.5.0",
    "babel-preset-react-hmre": "^1.1.1",
    "babel-register": "^6.7.2",
    "cross-env": "^1.0.7",
    "css-modules-require-hook": "^4.0.0",
    "eslint": "^2.6.0",
    "redux-devtools": "^3.1.1",
    "redux-devtools-dock-monitor": "^1.1.0",
    "redux-devtools-log-monitor": "^1.0.4",
    "webpack-dev-middleware": "^1.5.1",
    "webpack-hot-middleware": "^2.10.0"
  }

Webpack config:

var webpack = require('webpack');
var path = require('path');
var fs = require('fs');

  var nodeModules = {};
fs.readdirSync('node_modules')
  .filter(function(x) {
    return ['.bin'].indexOf(x) === -1;
  })
  .forEach(function(mod) {
    nodeModules[mod] = 'commonjs ' + mod;
  });

module.exports = {
  devtool: 'cheap-source-map',

  entry: ['webpack-hot-middleware/client',
          './index.js',
  ],
  target: 'node',
  output: {
    path: __dirname,
    filename: 'bundle.js',
  },

  resolve: {
    extensions: ['', '.js', '.jsx'],
  },

  module: {
    loaders: [
      {
        test: /\.css$/,
        loader: 'style!css?modules',
      },
      {
        test: /\.jsx*$/,
        exclude: [/node_modules/, /.+\.config.js/],
        loader: 'babel',
        query: {
          presets: ['react-hmre'],
        },
      },
    ],
  },

  plugins: [
    new webpack.HotModuleReplacementPlugin(),
    new webpack.DefinePlugin({
      'process.env': {
        CLIENT: JSON.stringify(true)
      }
    })
  ],

  externals: nodeModules

};

Answers

Günter Zöchbauer

11:04am 5th April 2016

You will want to set target to 'web' because your intention is to compile for the web.

You should set the engine to node (which is what I'm assuming you were trying to do using target).

target: "web",
engines: {
  node: "4.x"
},