[fpc-devel] fppkg question

Darius Blaszyk dhkblaszyk at zeelandnet.nl
Fri May 13 12:16:43 CEST 2011

On May 10, 2011, at 9:07 AM, <dhkblaszyk at zeelandnet.nl> <dhkblaszyk at zeelandnet.nl> wrote:

> On Tue, 10 May 2011 08:30:28 +0200 (CEST), Michael Van Canneyt <michael at freepascal.org> wrote:
>> On Tue, 10 May 2011, Darius Blaszyk wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I've created a trivial front end for fppkg (see lazarus mailing list) but working on this I realized that they are not grouped in any way. Currently with approx. 70 packages this is not a real problem, but if the system will get used more widely it will be impossible to deduct the purpose (and possibly other info) from the package just by it's name.
>>> Therefore I would like to request a new command named "info" that retrieves the info for a package from packages.xml. I would also like to add some more info in this file for a package:
>>> - the topic that organizes the packages (FPC core / DB / buttons / charts / dialogs / etc)
>>> - keywords to make it possible to search freely
>>> - support contact (official / community)
>>> See the following movie on youtube on a plugin system that has some of these features: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9yyJmh3dyU&feature=player_embedded
>>> Are / were there any plans ever in this direction? Am I free to create a couple of patches?
>> It exists.
>> If you look at fprepos.pp :
>>  TFPPackage = Class(TStreamCollectionItem)
>>    Property Name : String Read FName Write SetName;
>>    Property Author : String Read FAuthor Write FAuthor;
>>    Property Version : TFPVersion Read FVersion Write SetVersion;
>>    Property License : String Read FLicense Write FLicense;
>>    Property Description : String Read FDescription Write FDescription;
>>    Property HomepageURL : String Read FHomepageURL Write FHomepageURL;
>>    Property DownloadURL : String Read FDownloadURL Write FDownloadURL;
>>    Property FileName : String Read GetFileName Write FFileName;
>>    Property Email : String Read FEmail Write FEmail;
>>  end
>> The same information can be stored in the fpmake.pp file.
>> All this info is supposed to be output in XML format from fpmake
>> --manifest. fppkg picks it up and stores it in the repository.
>> If you want to extend it to include a category and keywords, be my guest.
> Thanks, that was the class indeed I was looking for to extend.

I created a patch here: http://bugs.freepascal.org/view.php?id=19348

Please review and commit if approved.

Regards, Darius

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