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Re: [Help-smalltalk] brainstorming about gst-package and fetching remote

From: Paolo Bonzini
Subject: Re: [Help-smalltalk] brainstorming about gst-package and fetching remote packages
Date: Thu, 05 Nov 2009 12:11:44 +0100
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On 11/05/2009 11:32 AM, Gwenael Casaccio wrote:
- first we need an easy way to get repositories (i.e. the list of

I think there would be two parts to implement:

1) download a package given a URL (could be a http URL to a .star package, or a git/svn URL to a directory including a package file, or both?)

2) find a package's URL given its name.

For 1, support would be needed in the beginning for svn and git.

For 2, we could support a centralized repository at (like so the URLs could be standard: gst-package --download iliad -> gst-package --download The URLs could redirect to the "real" URL, e.g. from to git://

Do you think this would be too much of a hack? Maybe it's better to return some XML thing from and parse it?

A third part would be to update packages on the fly from the remote repository (especially if it is a git or svn repository).

- for each repositories do we support multiple protocols : ssh, git,
svn, http(s), ftp, ...

That would be nice.


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