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webapp: The "getting started" page says to install npm, but it's not available in Debian 9.
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This starts being an issue at "Step 5 — browse the archive".

See also: T1198

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Effectively only nodejs is packaged on Debian but not npm. You need to install it from here:

Is that an acceptable solution for the manual?

Considering there is no other way, I think so.

Good, I didn't want to rewrite webpack in a way that does not use npm

Other solution is to install nodejs from stretch-backports (as we need version 8.x LTS) and then manually install npm with

$ curl -L | sudo sh

But I think installing it with the packages available on is
a better option.

$ curl -L | sudo sh

over my dead body !

so, yeah, the +1 for the other option too