[lazarus] Text file database as a first step...?

Mattias Gaertner nc-gaertnma at netcologne.de
Sat Aug 23 09:38:08 EDT 2003

On Sat, 23 Aug 2003 15:10:15 +0200 (CEST)
Michael.VanCanneyt at wisa.be wrote:

> On Sat, 23 Aug 2003, Mattias Gaertner wrote:
> > On 23 Aug 2003 04:12:27 -0600
> > Tom Lisjac <netdxr at adelphia.net> wrote:
> >
> > > > ... But we're still
> > > > thinking about a good package format. Maybe a mix between fpcmake
> > > > and lazarus package manager would be good, if we can make the
> > > > package manager in a command-line version.
> >
> > Peter Vreman had the same idea and I like the idea too. But in general,
> > fpcmake and the lazarus package system are quite different. fpcmake is a
> > Makefile generator and the other is a graphical dependency manager for
> > fpc commands.
> Sounds the same to me ? One is graphical, the other not :-)
> > A Makefile is file based, supports a lot of macros and uses the
> > environment vars. Lazarus otoh is package based, supports inheritance
> > and no variable depends on external programs.
> I think that it should be possible to create a makefile based on a lazarus
> package file, the makefile can then be used to do command-line building.

I doubt that you can create a standalone Makefile, because it must be able
to parse xml files and check topological. Of course you can parse the xml
files and then create a Makefile, but this will only work on your computer,
unless you make sure, that all packages are in fixed locations.

> > So, when combining both systems, we will loose some of the Makefile
> > abilities.
> In general, we don't use most of the abilities anyway, so this is OK.
> fpcmake is not a must for me, but we need something to steer compilation,
> independent of the IDE.

Such a tool is one of my top todos.
We need also a tool to edit the packagelinks.xml file at command line. 


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