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

From: Gwenael Casaccio
Subject: Re: [Help-smalltalk] brainstorming about gst-package and fetching remote packages
Date: Thu, 05 Nov 2009 14:20:45 +0100

On Thu, 2009-11-05 at 12:11 +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 11/05/2009 11:32 AM, Gwenael Casaccio wrote:
> > - first we need an easy way to get repositories (i.e. the list of
> > packages)
> 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?

So we'll have a central repository at:

For each URLs inside we will have a
package.(st|xml) file that stores the information about the related
project (website, version, ...) 

that seems fine for me.

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

Yes even if it is not a git or svn repository we can download new

> > - for each repositories do we support multiple protocols : ssh, git,
> > svn, http(s), ftp, ...
> That would be nice.
> Paolo
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