On 11/25/2014 03:40 PM, Richard Jones wrote:
> On Wed Nov 26 2014 at 3:36:27 AM Thomas Goirand <z...@debian.org> wrote:
>> On 11/21/2014 08:31 PM, Donald Stufft wrote:
>>>> On Nov 21, 2014, at 3:59 AM, Thomas Goirand <z...@debian.org> wrote:
>>>>> I'm not sure I understand the meaning behind this question. "bower
>>>>> install angular" downloads a bower package called "angular".
>>>> Isn't there is a simple URL that I may use with wget? I don't really
>>>> want to use bower directly, I just would like to have a look to the
>>>> content of the bower package.
>>> You can’t. Bower doesn’t have “traditional” packages where you take a
>>> directory and archive it using tar/zip/whatever and then upload it to
>>> some repo. Bower has a registry which maps names to git URLs and then
>>> the bower CLI looks up that mapping, fetches the git repository and then
>>> uses that as the input to the “look at metadata and do stuff with files”
>>> part of the package manager instead of the output of an un-unarchival
>>> command.
>> Then this makes Bower a very bad candidate to "debianize" stuff. We'll
>> have a moving target with a constantly changing git from upstream,
>> meaning that we'll have all sorts of surprise in the gate.
> It's no more constantly moving than any other project. Bower versions are
> tied to git tags. In fact, since debian etc. usually go to the repository
> rather than use release tarballs, bower *improves* things by requiring the
> tags, making it easier for you to isolate the version in the repository
> that you need, whereas otherwise people just have to remember to tag and
> often don't :)
>> Frankly, this Bower thing scares me, and I don't really understand why
>> we're not continuing to use XStatic stuff, which was really convenient
>> and has been proven to work during the Juno cycle.
> We're doing this so we don't have the additional burden of creating and
> maintaining the xstatic packages.

Also, it's _very_ standard javascript tooling. It's what javascript devs
use. So sooner or later there's going to need to be a proper story for
it in Debian if Debian wants to continue to be able to provide value
around applications written in javascript. Might as well be the
trailblazers, no?

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