[Lazarus] Online Package Manager

Michael Van Canneyt michael at freepascal.org
Fri Oct 7 15:35:36 CEST 2016

On Fri, 7 Oct 2016, Juha Manninen via Lazarus wrote:

> The online package manager works well and its operation is smooth
> thanks to threaded code.
> Earlier discussions have recommended fppkg.
> http://free-pascal-lazarus.989080.n3.nabble.com/Lazarus-An-online-package-manager-tt4043469.html#none
> I discussed with GetMem earlier and he says fppkg is not very well
> suited here. I must take his word on this issue because he is the only
> person so far to make a functional online package manager.
> "Lazarus packagemanager" from Darius Blaszyk uses fppkg but does not work.
> The "Aarre" initiative from Mattias and myself has no functional code either.
> Several people (including myself) had plans to write such a package
> manager ... but nobody did until now.
> My goal is to include this GetMem's work in Lazarus sources. It also
> means commit access for him.
> Now the code has copies of some FCL classes and a copy of
> VirtualTreeview. These can be seen as temporary copies.
> The goal is to integrate management of online package and local
> packages. The Install/Uninstall Packages window in Lazarus would then
> show also online packages and this new VirtualTreeview based GUI would
> show local packages. In essence the new GUI will be an alternative to
> the old GUI. Competition is good.
> What do you people say?

The info regarding the fppkg manager is not quite correct. 
There is a testing website for submitting fppkg packages (it's not yet
published, though). So why fppkg  is not suitable is a bit of a mystery to me.


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