The the Node.js guidelines say about Source0 :
"The canonical method for shipping most node modules is tarballs from
the npm registry"
"This method [PP: tarbals from npm] should be preferred to using
checkouts from git or automatically generated tarballs from GitHub."
But I think that in following cases it would be better to use sources
from the upstream project:
1) When the license is not included in NPM but is in upstream project.
o Because we are not supposed to ship the license separate from the
2) When the tests are not included.
o In this case we need to download the sources from NPM and from
upstream project, which seems redundant and a waste of work.
3) When NPM content is generated and source files are not in NPM.
o This would mean to download sources from NPM and upstream project,
delete the NPM sources in prep and generate the files again.
Are there good reason to enforce the use of NPM sources which I am
missing? What is your opinion?
I would like to suggest to ad those three exceptions to the guidelines.
I've started working on packaging scuttlebot for Fedora. I see that we now have a Fedora package for every nodejs module. This makes it easy to map directories in node_modules to package names - however, it means submitting hundreds of packages to ever get scuttlebot submitted.
I'm wondering if there is a better way. A node module typically corresponds to a .o file in a C library (with exceptions like libsodium). It is like having a separate package for every function in glibc. Suppose we did this:
1) a nodejs-stdlib that includes all the common modules (a list to be argued over at length :-) ). There is no penalty other than a small amount of disk space for unused modules - just like with a C library.
2) other multi-module systems are combined - usually including all modules with the same first word. For instance, all the pull stream modules begin with 'pull': pull-abortable, pull-box-stream, pull-cat, pull-cont, etc. This would become nodejs-pull, and include all the pull modules.
When the package name matches the first word of the module name, then determining the package is still easy. When that is not the case, as with the proposed nodejs-stdlib, then dnf can still search for npm(...)