Subject: Re: Things That Suck About pkgsrc, part 3
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Herb Peyerl <email@example.com>
Date: 07/15/1998 08:59:31
Tim Rightnour <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 13-Jul-98 Charles M. Hannum spoke unto us all:
> # Consider what happens when I give Joe Random a CD. They install
> # NetBSD. Now say they want to install `sudo'. *Where* do they look?
> I've been investigating doing something about this.. but I really have nothing
> solid planned. Mainly I was thinking of extending sysinst to be more
> smit-like, and have it possible to install pkgs from there directly. This
> right now.. is totally emryonic.. I'm not sure I'll have time for it even..
sorry to jump in the middle. I just sub'd because of our other idea....
I'm seeing in my head (besides all the usual things), an expandable tree
like structure similar to what is I think the Solaris pkg stuff where you
can visually select an entire category or click on a box to have it expand
to sub-categories down to the leaf nodes and you can select individual
packages. If you select a package that has a dependancy, it gets selected
also... Then we could have a 'search' mechanism whereby you could type in
a search string like 'sudo' and have that category expanded and highlighted
(but not selected)...
Then we have the super-packages in there as well and they just enable their
dependencies... The someone could, say, select both 'web-server' and
of course, I'm assuming some sort of X-based install utility though it
could be done in curses I spose...
mmmmm, armchair programming... my favourite.