Hi, I have very recently been able to switch to ruby 2.1.1 finally. This was made possible by tenderlove because he actually released a syck gem, which works for me finy - I can continue working with my invalid yaml files (my whole system setting is in yaml file; ruby autogenerates whatever other format I need from these yaml files; switching yaml to valid UTF* was no option for me, so I was stuck). I also use yaml files with comments, but now all is fine because I can autogenerated valid yaml files from that. Anyway, what a lengthy introduction! My question is, since I feel ambitious and motivated right now: (1) How many package managers are there in ruby? I only know of machomebrew. Any other package manager? (2) Would you want and use a package manager in ruby if there would be one actually? I dont like that machomebrew is predominantly mac. I think a package manager should be agnostic of the underlying OS (and, actually, not tied to any programming language either; but that is of course wishful thinking). I am wondering if there would be sufficient resources to create one or help polish existing ones to levels that are satisfiable and useful for people to use on a daily base. Perhaps not just a package manager alone but also a system manager and a set of tools that aids in installing and compiling altogther.
on 2014-03-16 21:03
on 2014-03-17 00:45
On Sun, Mar 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM, Marc Heiler <email@example.com> wrote: > (1) How many package managers are there in ruby? > > I only know of machomebrew. Any other package manager? > Nitrous.io's package manager, autoparts, uses it too. I don't know if it's used outside of Nitrous. > > (2) Would you want and use a package manager in ruby if there would be > one actually? > I would, but it would depend on how usable the PM actually is. I don't like the feature set of Homebrew quite as well as dpkg/apt-get, but it is pretty usable; but the fact that its core and formulas are written in Ruby has in fact led me to look at its source and make tweaks here and there, which I probably wouldn't do with a C-based one like dpkg or a Tcl-based one like MacPorts. > > I dont like that machomebrew is predominantly mac. I think a package > manager should be agnostic of the underlying OS (and, actually, not tied > to any programming language either; but that is of course wishful > thinking). > I've had that thought myself, but I'm not sure how it would work.
on 2014-03-18 20:18
On 14-03-16, 13:03, Marc Heiler wrote: > yaml files from that. > one actually? > compiling altogther. You should check out chef: http://www.getchef.com/ It's not exactly a package manager, but it's designed for server installation & configuration (it's like a meta-package-manager), and it can be used locally too. If you're looking for something that's system-agnostic, they have this pretty well figured out. It's quite flexible and modular but someone still has to write those install cookbooks to handle the requirements of different systems. Andrew Vit
on 2014-03-23 21:49
Eric Christopherson wrote in post #1140084: >> (2) Would you want and use a package manager in ruby if there would be >> one actually? >> > > I would, but it would depend on how usable the PM actually is. I don't > like > the feature set of Homebrew quite as well as dpkg/apt-get They are very different. - homebrew builds everything from source and installs it directly on the building system - apt-get retrieves pre-built binary packages from a respository and installs them with dpkg Of course, .deb binary packages have to be built from source too, and there's a whole set of tools for that. But homebrew doesn't have any equivalent of a binary package. If you want something that installs directly from source on the target machine *and* can do binary packages - and is also multi-platform - look at pkgsrc: http://www.netbsd.org/docs/software/packages.html But that's not written in Ruby.