Interactive tool for installing packages

Marin Atanasov Nikolov dnaeon at
Fri Nov 12 20:35:47 UTC 2010

On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 9:08 AM, Marin Atanasov Nikolov
<dnaeon at> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 8:01 AM,  <perryh at> wrote:
>> Marin Atanasov Nikolov <dnaeon at> wrote:
>>> If you do not have git installed, you could still get the
>>> latest snapshot of pkg_add_it via the Cgit repo. [1]
>>> [1]
>> Aha!  I'm sure I looked at that page before posting, but did not see
>> how to pull down a snapshot (vs browsing individual files) the first
>> time.  It seems to have been reorganized since 1.2, as well as having
>> grown quite a bit :)
> Yep, quite a lot of changes went to 1.3, the program was completely
> rewritten and introduced a lot of new features :)
> Most significant changes were:
>  - own-styled lists were replaced by queue(3) macros, so generally now
> everything is dynamic and memory leak-free.
>  - a lot of new functions dealing with packages, added a configuration module
>  - etc... :)

Hello again :)

> One thing that can be improved is the recursion introduced by
> DEPS_FULL_TREE=true, so that dependencies can be found easier and
> faster from INDEX, but I'm looking into this already, since I think
> that feature is very useful when you need to know the dependencies of
> a package in a tree-view.

I spent some time today working on the algorithm for finding package
dependencies from INDEX and
managed to improve it a lot, so now dependencies are being found in
times faster than before (!!)

The previous algorithm was recursing over the INDEX file in order to
find all dependencies to build a tree-view of
the package dependencies, and now only 1 iteration is needed to
accomplish this :)

Now, only if there was a libpkg ready, then pkg_add_it(1) could be
transformed into a standalone install tool, which does not need
pkg_add(1) for it's job :)


> Regards,
> Marin
> --
> Marin Atanasov Nikolov
> dnaeon AT gmail DOT com
> daemon AT unix-heaven DOT org

Marin Atanasov Nikolov

dnaeon AT gmail DOT com
daemon AT unix-heaven DOT org

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