Version 0.0.1 (25 Dec 2003)
RiscPkg is a package manager for RISC OS. Its three
main functions are:
- to download and install new software packages on request;
- to update installed software packages when new versions are released;
- to remove software packages when they are no longer needed.
Unnecessary interaction with the user is avoided. Once the user has
set policy for whereabouts different types of file should be placed,
RiscPkg implements that policy automatically. If one package
requires another in order to run, a request to install the first package
will cause the second to be installed also. If a package has been
installed automatically but is no longer needed, it is removed.
Software must be distributed using a specific package format to make
this behaviour possible. Initially the number of packages available in
this format is likely to be quite small but it is hoped that the
collection will grow with time.
Although RISC OS does not need a package manager in quite the
same way as (for example) GNU/Linux does, there are benefits to be gained
by using one:
- The work needed to keep large numbers of packages up to date is
- Dependencies (such as modules and fonts) can be satisfied
- An easy mechanism for satisfying dependencies makes it more likely
that resources will be shared.
- A package collection will make software easier to find, and help
to ensure its quality and continued availablilty.
The user guide can be found here
Bootstrap the package system using a copy of