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Extension management, first sketch

From: Urs Liska
Subject: Extension management, first sketch
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2020 10:27:34 +0100
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one of the results of yesterday's developer meeting in Salzburg
[someoneā„¢ should provide a more concise summary than the notes in the
GoogleDoc] was that I should go forward "integrating openLilyLib" as
LilyPond's official extension mechanism.

I spent my travel back home reading through the code and writing a few
summaries and drafts etc., and while doing so I came to the conclusion
that the actual task, i.e. what has to be done "now" is surprisingly
(not to say, disappointingly) small.

I think it is best to start a discussion without looking at the current
implementation at all, so any issues (architecture considerations or
coding critique) with the existing oll-core code base won't distract us
from the conceptual perspective. So I wrote up a very short summary of
how I think an extension system should look like and what initial steps
there are to be taken. If anything is unclear or needs more factual or
conceptual detail I'll of course happily expand on it.

For reading convenience I attach a PDF version, but for inline
commenting the text below should be better.


## Current State

* openLilyLib is a set of extension packages, providing high-level
* `oll-core` provides the basic interface and implements required and
  additional functionality.

## Overall Outline

* Relevant functionality will be moved from `oll-core`
  to LilyPond proper, providing the main extension mechanism
  as well as some of the additional functionality (option
  handling, logging ["oll:" function to report status and errors]).
* The extension mechanism provides the commands `\loadPackage` and
  `\loadModule`, and it allows configuration options to be passed to
  either. It also handles package dependencies and implicit loading.
  (one example for using options (just for getting an idea) would be
  \loadPackage \with { modules = annotate.choice } scholarly. )
* This will *not* be called openLilyLib anymore (but "is" LilyPond's
  unnamed extension mechanism).
* A core extension library shipping with LilyPond will be initiated. 
  Extensions that are considered core functionality (prime candidates:
  edition-engraver, stylesheets) will eventually be moved here from
  openLilyLib, additionally special functionality (e.g., may over time be moved there to expose the difference
  between core functionality and use-case specific modules more 
  clearly. These tools will then be called through `\loadModule`
  instead of `\include`, which will be easy to handle with
  convert-ly rules. Probably it would be a good idea to eventually 
  expose *all* non-standard notation through explicit packages
  and have that nicely describe in the LM. This too will not be
  called openLilyLib.
* openLilyLib will remain similar to what it is now, a curated
  collection of standard packages that are not mature enough or too
  specific to be included in LilyPond itself. The extension mechanism
  will find openLilyLib packages through LilyPond's search path.
* Packages can be stored anywhere on disk (=> LilyPond search path),
  so on the long term it may be interesting to set up an uncurated 
  package manager like npm or CTAN/TeX Live.
* Frescobaldi will provide a user interface to manage extensions but
  also for using them in documents (e.g. it will know about available
  configuration options and provide an action (context menu/dialog)
  to use a given package).

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