Martin and I thought it would be good to try to release the packaging
proposal soon, just after scsh 0.6.6 comes out, so that packages using
it can be released quickly thereafter too.
So I'm trying to polish the last few things which need to be polished
in order to have something releasable, which includes the suggestions
made by Daniel Kobras here some time ago. To that end, I just committed
a new version of the installation library containing the modifications
described below. (None of these are documented right now, but that
should change soon).
First of all, I deleted the file "configure.scm", which means that now
the installation library requires scsh 0.6.6.
Then, as discussed here previously, all layouts were modified so that
the major and minor versions of scsh appear in all paths.
It is now possible for a package to explicitly say which version of the
installation library it requires; this is done using the
"install-lib-version" extension, which should be given a version, like
(define-package "foo" (1 2) ((install-lib-version (2 3)))
This will produce an error if the current version of the installation
library is not compatible with version 2.3 (in that case). For now,
please require version 1.0 in your package definitions.
I also added a message at the end of a successful installation, which
says how SCSH_LIB_DIRS should be set. Here is an example:
The following scsh package was installed successfully:
In order to use it, make sure to add the following value
to the environment variable SCSH_LIB_DIRS (quotes included):
Finally, I added a way to "turn off" boolean options like --force. When
--force (and others) is used alone, the corresponding feature is turned
on. But when it's followed by "=no", it's turned off ("=yes" also
forces it to be turned on).
So now I'd like to know if someone thinks that something else should
absolutely be added or modified to the proposal before making an
initial release. And I'd also be very happy if all package authors
could test their package(s) with the latest version, to make sure that
I didn't break anything.
If no further modifications are requested, expect a release of the
packaging proposal one to three days after the release of scsh 0.6.6.