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Status of my packaging system

From: Søren Hauberg
Subject: Status of my packaging system
Date: Thu, 30 Jun 2005 23:43:44 +0200
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As some of you might know I've been working on a simple packaging system for Octave (you can get it at http://hauberg.org/octave-package).

The current status is that I've just done some minor clean up in the code to give better error messages. I'm sure there's still bugs left, but I'm not going to spend time on testing until I'm sure the ideas are what Octave needs.

Currently the code will
*) Perform dependency checking at install and uninstall time.
*) Generate an INDEX file for the package if none is given as part of the package. (This allows us to have the help("packagename") functionality).

I guess my question is what am I missing in the current implementation?
Things I would like to see, but don't know how to do is,

*) A package should be allowed to install ekstra documentation for info. The packager should not be forced to put all documentation in the text that gets presented with help function_name, but also have the option of writing the help -i function_name documentation. *) Optional fetching of dependency packages. I think this would require some server side scripting, so this is properly to much work to be worth the hassle.


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