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Re: [alpine-devel] apk-tools idea: runtime plugins

From: Nathan Angelacos <nangel_at_nothome.org>
Date: Sun, 07 Mar 2010 21:47:35 -0500

On 3/2/10 4:46 AM, Timo Teräs wrote:
> Natanael Copa wrote:
>> Other idea I have been thinking for some time: runtime plugins for
>> apk-tools
>>
>> What triggered this idea was that it would be nice to have a "real"
>> http/ftp downloader via curl or similar instead of fork/exec bb wget,
>> however, would not be nice to need libcurl in the initramfs image.
>>
>> Some options:
>> We could have fetcher plugins. install /lib/apk/fetch_curl.so and
>> suddenly you have http and ftp support. Install /lib/apk/fetch_scp.so
>> and suddenly apk-tools understands scp:// repositories.
>>

Does the extra functionality outweigh the complexity?

apk is still relatively simple. simple is good.

>> We could have applet plugins. Install /lib/apk/index.so and you get
>> 'apk index' etc.
>>
>> In future we could have /lib/apk/gtk-progress-bar.so etc...
>>
>> Other option is that we could have only one plugin that have all the
>> "extended" stuff. So you have an apk-tools-base or similar, containing
>> only the basic functionallity, apk add, apk del and thats it. It could
>> use the busybox wget to fetch from http. Then you have another package
>> apk-tools-extras or similar that includes plugins for http download
>> via curl, includes the developer stuff like apk index etc.
>
> Might be an idea. However, I'm not currently sure what extra benefit
> we get from using libcurl or wget. Splitting the applets to separate
> modules might be useful though.
>
>> In any case, it would be nice to be able have a framework for runtime
>> plugins.
>
> Yes, the more modular code we do, the easier it is to extend it later.
>
> Patches are welcome :)
>
> - Timo

ok.. refactoring apk so that plugins are easier is one thing... but
still not convinced on the value vs effort(code+bug reports) on the
plugin part.


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