— The RISC OS Packaging Project —
This is the home page of the RISC OS Packaging Project. The aims of the project are:
Please note that at present these are just aims. The package manager exists, but there are only a handful of available packages. How quickly this changes will depend on how many people want to help. There are several ways to contribute:
Package maintainers do not generally need to be programmers, although familiarity with obey files and the structure of an application directory is quite important. The workload for any single package is unlikely to be onerous.
It is not my intention to usurp the role of active upstream authors, nor to burden them with additional work (except perhaps more bug reports). I hope that a friendly dialogue can be established in most cases. Licence terms may sometimes be questioned but will always be respected.
RiscPkg is free software and the package collection will be as free as the individual package licences allow. Other forms of fundraising may be attempted, in which case the project will operate as a not-for-profit organisation.
If you are interested in helping, please send an e-mail to gdshaw [at] riscpkg.org.
There is a mailing list for discussing both the package manager and the packaging project. To subscribe, send an empty message to:
with a subject of "subscribe".
Packages are downloaded and installed using PackMan, for more details on it and how to downloaded and install it see here.
Further information about the original front-end to the packaging system RiscPkg can be found here, but it is currently not being maintained and does not support the latest Standards-Versions.
A copy of RiscPkg from which to bootstrap the package system can be downloaded from here.
Requirements for packages to become part of the central package collection are specified in the Policy Manual.
RISC OS Open now maintain more modern package lists which should be seen as replacements to the the package lists hosted here. The RISC OS Open lists include the majority of the packages hosted here. Consider using these lists for adding new packages. For details of packaging via RISC OS Open see here.