Multi distro/multi OS install: or package: URI scheme ?
revol at free.fr
Tue Apr 21 03:17:26 PDT 2009
it occured to me Debian based distros have a custom apt: URI handler to
direct people to packages to install from a web page.
It is an interesting initiative, but since I don't only use Debian or
Ubuntu, nor only GNU/Linux, I'm wondering about a more universal
I've talked a bit with someone from http://slitaz.org/ and they have
been thinking about their own tazpkg:// uri scheme...
I'd rather have something more generic, that could fit Haiku also, and
possibly Windows or OSX to help it gain more acceptance... (Firefox
could include a custom handler plugin for ex...)
For weird OSes like Windows it could embed a base url to help locate
the .exe even if the last part is done manually.
It could be something like
which would then be resolved as http://barcompany.com/download.php?os=windows&arch=x86&package=foo
It would also work with GNU/Linux packages not in apt/rpm (yet), with
the proper warnings.
I propose to discuss such install: scheme and hopefully submit an RFC
to make it more official.
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