[fpc-devel] Fppkg questions

Darius Blaszyk dhkblaszyk at zeelandnet.nl
Sun May 22 17:49:33 CEST 2011

While working on the lazarus GUI I could not find evidence that fppkg is capable of supporting multiple repositories. As far as I can tell the mirrors.xml is always downloaded from the freepascal server and only holds some alternatives to get the packages from.
I think it would be a nice feature if users could setup their own repositories and only have to distribute a repository manifest file (or URL) that will be merged with the local mirrors.xml, subsequently the packages are automatically updated into packages.xml.
Is this idea eligible for support before I start working on this?

Additionally I have done some tests with SVNClasses from Vincent to add support to use sources directly from SVN as packages. So instead of zipping the sources and putting them on a FTP server somewhere you actually use a SVN path (eg tags for stable releases) for a package. This requires some additional properties to TFPMirrors (Protocol < to distinguish between downloading a zip or exporting SVN) and TFPPackage (Mirror < to be able to create the link between the package and the mirror).
I could create a simple patch for this feature so we can discuss implementation details later, but I wanted to discuss this high level first.

Regards, Darius

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