[Pkg-javascript-devel] Resolving "pure" javascript libraries from NodeJS

David Paleino dapal at debian.org
Sun Nov 6 21:03:33 UTC 2011

Hello people,
I'm still struggling in packaging a NodeJS application I particularly like,
TileMill :)

It seems like the package is asking for "wax", which is a
pure-javascript library, to be used from a web browser, even though it is
available from npmjs.org. I packaged (correctly, I hope) libjs-wax, but this
code horribly fails in Node:

> require.resolve('wax/wax.mm.min.js')
Error: Cannot find module 'wax/wax.mm.min.js'
    at Function._resolveFilename (module.js:326:11)
    at Function.resolve (module.js:359:19)
    at [object Context]:1:9
    at Interface.<anonymous> (repl.js:179:22)
    at Interface.emit (events.js:64:17)
    at Interface._onLine (readline.js:153:10)
    at Interface._line (readline.js:408:8)
    at Interface._ttyWrite (readline.js:585:14)
    at ReadStream.<anonymous> (readline.js:73:12)
    at ReadStream.emit (events.js:81:20)

(the exact code is at [0], it would need to be patched to reflect the paths in
the libjs-wax package).
libjs-wax is installed, and said file is in the "correct" location:

$ dpkg -L libjs-wax | grep mm.min

I don't have the slightest idea how to make NodeJS see that file, and I'm
absolutely no "bones" expert to understand why it needs it from Node :)

Do you have any hint for me?

Thank you very much,

[0]: https://github.com/mapbox/tilemill/blob/master/servers/Route.bones#L15

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