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Re: Node.js and it's future in debian

On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 07:14:04PM -0700, Russ Allbery wrote:
>Carl Fürstenberg <azatoth@gmail.com> writes:
>>As I'm not a hamradio user, I'm off course biased towards letting
>>nodejs having the "node" binary and let it pass to testing. But we
>>must find a solution to this, as nodejs is getting more and more used,
>>and developers are forced to install nodejs from source to be able to
>>use it instead of install it via the package manager.
>This increasingly feels like the same situation as Git: yes, another
>utility was first, but the usage of one is a tiny fraction of the usage
>of the other, and people expecting to use a common package expect it to
>be available under that name and think poorly of Debian when it doesn't
>just work.
>In an ideal world, *neither* application would be using "node", since
>it's a very generic name, but the reality is that people go off and do
>things without paying attention to our naming policy and sometimes the
>really popular ones get away with stomping on namespace just because
>they're popular.

Contrast that with the positive actitude of the NFS developers of CITI
at UMichi when heimdal-dev and libgssapi-dev both contained
/usr/lib/libgssapi.a [1]. They went to the trouble of renaming libgssapi to

[1] http://bugs.debian.org/380287

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