Allowing apps to install packages

Karol Pietrzak kap4020 at
Wed Mar 1 00:54:00 EET 2006

On Tuesday 28 February 2006 17:42, Jeremy C. Reed wrote:
> On Tue, 28 Feb 2006, Karol Pietrzak wrote:
> > In addition, I myself am I working on a cross-distribution library [2]
> > 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. :)
> >
> >
> > [2]
> This website seems to be empty. (I don't even see any files to provide
> "patches" for.)  Where is the documentation about this?

All the code is in CVS at the moment.  It's at a pre-alpha stage, and I'll 
make a release when I feel confident it will be usable.  Perhaps the link to 
CVS would have been better:

As for documentation, that'll come with the first public release.

> I see it is titled "Linux Distribution Wrapper" -- what about DragonFly
> OS? Darwin? OpenSolaris? NetBSD?

It's titled "Linux Distribution Wrapper" for the following reasons:
- time: I'm only one person, and I needed to limit the scope of the project, 
although none of the code is really Linux specific and I'm maintaining a very 
flexible architecture
- resources: I only have access to two Linux distributions, and an old Solaris 

I've actually seriously considered adding support for other operating systems, 
but the previously-mentioned reasons took hold.  I'm considering integrating 
libstatgrab [1], which works for just about every Unix or Unix-variant I can 

I've actually posted about this project here a few months ago before I wrote a 
single line of code, and my post generated very little interest.  Should I 
ask again? :)


Karl Pietrzak
kap4020 at
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