Allowing apps to install packages
kap4020 at rit.edu
Wed Mar 1 00:40:33 EET 2006
On Tuesday 28 February 2006 12:06, John Tapsell wrote:
> If an app wants to install some files from the distro's repository,
> is there currently any projects to try to allow that?
> For example, in a KDE app we may want to install a certain set of
> files. What would be useful would be in a distro-independent way to
> say "install japanese_language_pack" for example. Then it would be
> up to the distro's to provide some mapping from "install
> japanese_language_pack" to running their gui package manager, asking
> for root password, and installing it.
> Is there such a project already underway, or should I start one?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but you're thinking of a "generic" package manager
that translates a set of instructions into the distributions native package
manager (e.g., RPM, DEB, etc.)? Could you give a real-world specific
example of what this would do?
What you specify, however, would VERY much be useful in the real world. I
think the best solution is to add the kind of functionality you specify to a
pre-existing package manager.
The Autopackage folks  already have working, multi-distribution
functionality for things like "install this .desktop file" and "install this
man page". I believe they would welcome your help / patches with open arms.
In addition, I myself am I working on a cross-distribution library  which
would enable developers to do seemingly simple things like "get the KDE
prefix" with relative ease (Right now even that simple example is implemented
in like 500 different ways in 500 distributions).
Needless to say, I would welcome your help / patches as well. :)
kap4020 at rit.edu
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