Problem writing Eleventy templates

Posted: July 7, 2023 | Categories: Eleventy

There is an error I see in Eleventy periodically when I'm either working in a new site or working (coding) a plugin. The problem occurs when I execute the eleventy command to generate the site. Here's the full error block:

[11ty] Problem writing Eleventy templates: (more in DEBUG output)
[11ty] Cannot read properties of undefined (reading 'data') (via TypeError)
[11ty] Original error stack trace: TypeError: Cannot read properties of undefined (reading 'data')
[11ty] at Object.postStats (D:\dev\11ty\eleventy-plugin-post-stats\eleventy-plugin-post-stats.js:20:31)
[11ty] at TemplateMap.getUserConfigCollection (C:\Users\john\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\@11ty\eleventy\src\TemplateMap.js:674:47)
[11ty] at TemplateMap.setCollectionByTagName (C:\Users\john\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\@11ty\eleventy\src\TemplateMap.js:386:50)
[11ty] at TemplateMap.initDependencyMap (C:\Users\john\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\@11ty\eleventy\src\TemplateMap.js:410:20)
[11ty] at async TemplateMap.cache (C:\Users\john\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\@11ty\eleventy\src\TemplateMap.js:459:5)
[11ty] at async TemplateWriter._createTemplateMap (C:\Users\john\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\@11ty\eleventy\src\TemplateWriter.js:330:5)
[11ty] at async TemplateWriter.generateTemplates (C:\Users\john\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\@11ty\eleventy\src\TemplateWriter.js:360:5)
[11ty] at async TemplateWriter.write (C:\Users\john\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\@11ty\eleventy\src\TemplateWriter.js:407:23)
[11ty] at async Eleventy.executeBuild (C:\Users\john\AppData\Roaming\npm\node_modules\@11ty\eleventy\src\Eleventy.js:1191:13)
[11ty] Wrote 0 files in 0.03 seconds (v2.0.1)

It happens when you have an empty folder in your project's input folder. Simply add a post file to the folder, re-run the eleventy command, and the problem goes away.

The input folder is defined in the project's .eleventy.js or eleventy.config.js file like this:

return {
dir: {
input: 'src',
output: "_site",
includes: "_includes",
layouts: "_layouts",
data: "_data"

In my case, the project had a src/posts folder with no posts in it.

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