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Re: Plugins for Kicad and other programs

From: Efraim Flashner
Subject: Re: Plugins for Kicad and other programs
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2021 20:37:11 +0300

On Sun, Oct 03, 2021 at 11:31:40AM +0000, phodina via wrote:
> Hi Guix,
> Lots of programs now allow users to extend their features through plugins.
> On non Guix distros where the user does not have the root priviledges they 
> place
> the the content of their plugin in the configuration directory in home 
> directory.
> Here's example for Kicad:
> ~/.kicad_plugins/
> ~/.kicad/scripting/
> ~/.kicad/scripting/plugins/
> To further complicate things they can have their own plugin manager (e.g. 
> Freecad).
> In some cases they contain just some raw data or configs. However, large 
> amount has
> some code embedded like shell scripts, python which needs special handling on 
> Guix.
> Therefore my question is how to integrate them?
> What I propose is with the merge of home services [2], there is now 
> possibility to:
> - create package defintion of the plugin
> - create home service that will link the plugin into the correct location
> within the home dir
> There is also an alternative.
> I searched the Kicad forum for plugin installation and installation into 
> system dirs
> (under /usr) is not recommended [2]. The plugin could be linked into the 
> plugin
> location under the /gnu/store/xxx-package. This could be done by inheriting 
> kicad
> package and adding the plugins to the input. That approach wouldn't be very 
> flexible,
> as it would create to many package combinations.
> Also I never installed plugins into system directories on distibutions used 
> before
> Guix system so I don't know if it would work.
> [1] commit 6ae4644984608b7eff7ab54d3a5787c661d85b2e
> [2]

Following down that thread, I came across this other bit too:

Can you follow the instruction in the document you linked to:

    Open Tools -> Scripting Console in pcbnew
    type import pcbnew; print pcbnew.PLUGIN_DIRECTORIES_SEARCH

What does it tell?
Aug 2020


it looks like it should search in this folders.

so it looks like kicad could have a search-path of 'share/kicad' or
'share/kicad/scripting' and the plugins installed to
%out/share/kicad/scripting for each plugin.

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