[openstack-dev] [tc] supporting Go

Thomas Goirand zigo at debian.org
Wed May 11 00:01:30 UTC 2016

On 05/10/2016 04:19 PM, Rayson Ho wrote:
> I mentioned in earlier replies but I may as well mention it again: a
> package manager gives you no advantage in a language toolchain like Go

Oh... You mean just like in Python where we have pip, Perl where we have
CPAN, PHP where we have PEAR, or JavaScript where we have

Each and every language think it's "special" and that no distro should
be involved. Of course, the reality is different.

> IMO, the best use case of not using a package manager is when deploying
> into containers
> -- would you prefer to just drop a static binary of your
> Go code, or you would rather install "apt-get" into a container image,

For anything serious, the later, of course! The former is only for
hackers, calling themselves devs, who don't know about opts, playing and
thinking they're the cool guys. This fashion of "we're in a container,
so it's ok to do everything dirty" will soon be regarded by everyone as
one big mistake.

If you're using containers the wrong way, you loose:
1/ Version accountability
2/ Security audit
3/ Build reproducibility

Installing from $language manager instead of distro packages, be it in
containers or not, will almost always make you download random blobs
from the Internet, which are of course changing over time without any
notice, loosing the above 3 important features.


Thomas Goirand (zigo)

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