[Sugar-devel] Activity packaging

Gary Martin garycmartin at googlemail.com
Sun Aug 8 12:28:56 EDT 2010

On 8 Aug 2010, at 15:18, Jon Nettleton <jon.nettleton at gmail.com> wrote:

>> But the one of core ideas to not use only regular packaging systems
>> (via PackageKit or directly) is having this, natural and desired,
>> scenario for sugar ecosystem:
>> * there is an activity,
>> * several users might decide to experiment w/ this activity
>>  (i.e. change its code) and share this results
>> * third user wants to try all these experiments (including pristine
>>  activity)
>> This scenario is pretty undoable (by design) in native packaging systems
>> but 0install is designed to support scenarios like that (all
>> activity implementation are stored in separate directories in user's
>> home and can be launched in any time and even at the same time).
> This doesn't sound like a package management system scenario.  Really
> this sounds like a revision control system is needed.  Wouldn't it
> make the most sense to integrate bzr or git into sugar to handle code
> sharing like this?  Then you could continue to have all the Activities
> in a single directory with multiple branches to can be switched
> between on the fly through a sugar interface.

FWIW this is certainly the way I've worked on activities in Sugar for some time now, my ~/Activities is mainly git clones.


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