GitLab NPM Registry to support npm distribution tags
Problem to solve
We know from a recent round of user research, that users typically navigate to the Package Registry user interface to accomplish one of three tasks:
- To ensure my package was uploaded correctly (22.9%)
- To look up which version of a package I should be using in my environment (21.7%)
- To verify my CI pipeline built the package as expected
In order to verify that their package was uploaded correctly or to look up which version of a package should be used, users would like to use package meta data to identify the correct version of their package. NPM tags can be used to provide an alias instead of version numbers, making it easier to discover packages. For example, a project might choose to have multiple streams of development and use a different tag for each stream, e.g., stable, beta, dev, canary.
Sasha, Software Developer, https://design.gitlab.com/research/personas#persona-sasha
Devon, DevOps Engineer, https://design.gitlab.com/research/personas#persona-devon
Update the NPM Registry to add support for package tags when
npm CLI interacts with the backend.
Adds 3 url endpoints to
NpmPackages for tags handling.
List all the tags within a given package:
$ npm dist-tag ls @root/bacon latest: 1.4.0
Create a new tag:
$ npm dist-tag add @firstname.lastname@example.org tagme +tagme: @email@example.com $ npm dist-tag ls @root/bacon latest: 1.4.0 tagme: 1.3.0
Use the tag when install the package:
$ npm install @root/bacon@tagme npm WARN @firstname.lastname@example.org No repository field. + @email@example.com updated 1 package in 15.692s
Remove the tag:
$ npm dist-tag rm @root/bacon tagme -tagme: @firstname.lastname@example.org $ npm dist-tag ls @root/bacon latest: 1.4.0
What does success look like, and how can we measure that?
Tags can be pushed, consumed, and displayed with GitLab.