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


What are other distributions doing?

I've check and OpenSuse apparently lives happy with having
/usr/sbin/node for axnode and /usr/bin/node for node.js. Has anyone
contacted them about this?

Regarding the often-mentioned "many users run 'node script' from the
command-line"... so what? If we can get enough distributions (Debian,
Suse, Fedora, MacPorts and brew would likely be enough) to rename the
node.js binary, upstream will be forced to change from /usr/bin/node
to /usr/bin/nodejs

If this were some desktop application, I'd have doubts, but axnode
being a daemon which runs on remote locations which may become
isolated after a rename just because the JavaScript toolkit of the
week decided to use a very generic name... sorry but no, does not look
good to me.

On Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 3:31 AM, Carl Fürstenberg <azatoth@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> There has been an log struggle between the nodejs package and the node
> package, which is still unresolved (bug #611698 for example) And I
> wonder now what the future should look like.
> To summarize the problem:
> * the nodejs upstream binary is called "node", and the upstream
> developers have refused to change it's binary name to nodejs for
> debian;
> * The the hamradio package "node" shipping a binary called "node", and
> as it's so old, the developers argue that the package must ship a
> binary called "node" or breakage will occur.
> * The reason the nodejs developers want to ship the binary as "node"
> is because all programs written for nodejs all has /usr/bin/node in
> it's shebang
> * the nodejs package are not allowed to conflict on the node package
> just because the binary name is the same
> 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.
> Regards,
> Carl Fürstenberg
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Pau Garcia i Quiles
(Due to my workload, I may need 10 days to answer)

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