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Re: Concerns about infrastructure for Alioth replacement




CCing the Javascript Team.

Original post on debian-devel, see:
Message-Id: <20171016001558.a9c2e92f9155e844f43ceb30@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Or alternatively:
https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2017/10/msg00262.html

On Tue, Oct 17, 2017 at 11:32:55PM +0200, Alexander Wirt wrote:
> On Tue, 17 Oct 2017, Francesco Poli wrote:
> 
> > On Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:28:09 +0000 Ondřej Surý wrote:
> > 
> > [...]
> > > Francesco, great idea, go ahead. You would be most welcome to help with
> > > Debian Ruby Extra packaging.
> > 
> > Unfortunately, I have basically zero knowledge about Rails, JavaScript
> > and Node.js: I could not be of much help in packaging GitLab.
> > 
> > What I meant was that the time that will be spent in manually installing,
> > manually adapting, and manually upgrading the upstream version, would
> > perhaps be better spent in helping the maintainers to keep the Debian
> > package up-to-date and in using the Debian package in stead of the upstream
> > version...
> Nope. I know how to setup gitlab, I don't - and I don't want to have
> knowledge (and I don't have time to do it) to maintain numerous ruby and
> nodejs modules. 
> 
> Alex
> 

On 16 October 2017 at 06:52, Pirate Praveen <praveen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 10/16/2017 03:45 AM, Francesco Poli wrote:
>> I would say that this issue with the Debian packages of GitLab should
>> be addressed by helping the Debian Ruby Extras Maintainers to improve
>> the Debian packages and to keep them more up-to-date.
>
> gitlab 9.x has switched to using node modules + webpack for front end.
> So any help in packaging the node dependencies welcome.
>
> See https://wiki.debian.org/Javascript/Nodejs/Tasks/gitlab for the
> current status.
>
> Btw all ruby dependencies for 9.5.x are packaged already.
>

Dear Javascript Team,

Would you please consider maintaining the "numerous [...] nodejs
modules" necessary for Debian's Alioth replacement to run on a
Debian-built GitLab package?  We are facing a scenario that confirms
that Debian packaging is not good enough--even for Debian's own
infrastructure.

I would join the team, but it would take me weeks/months to learn
about Javascript and Nodejs, and it seems this transition is imminent.

In the worst-case scenario, if that work cannot be completed on time,
a deadline should be set for transitioning to official Debian-built
packages.  Let's say well before DebConf18 so that it will be well
tested for DebCamp.

Please reply to debian-devel and CC Francesco Poli <invernomuto@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>

Sincerely,
Nicholas

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