Alan Buckley has released a new version of PackMan, a package manager designed to work with packages distributed via the RISC OS Packaging Project. The main reason for the update is compatibility with the Raspberry Pi 3 – although an existing bug has also been squashed, whereby it wasn’t possible to exit the application when first run without installing the ‘Packages’ directory.
Can I stop being so busy now, please? Pretty please? Aw, go on…
Observant readers will no doubt have noticed a low post count on RISCOSitory since the Southwest Show – a grand total of eight, in fact, including the show report itself, and this year’s April Fool. As is often the case, this is because I’ve been too busy to devote time to this site (or anything RISC OS-related in general).
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With a ridiculously busy period now over (mostly – and until/unless things get silly again), it’s time to round up what’s happened in the intervening period in the world of RISC OS.
TBX is a library from Alan Buckley, designed to help with the development of Toolbox-based applications for RISC OS using C++. The library comes with a user guide and reference documentation, and as well as the library itself, there are additional downloads available featuring examples of the library in use, including a program to help produce skeleton projects.
A beta PackMan than before!
Alan Buckley has released a new beta version of his package manager, PackMan. The software is designed to work with packages distributed using the RISC OS Packaging Project, and is an alternative to the project’s own software, RiscPkg.
Announcement from Alan Buckley, 26th March, 2014.
New to this version:
- Module checking. If an existing RISC OS module has already been installed that matches the module in a package,
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Thanks to a previous engagement being cancelled, an unexpectedly free day means I can – finally – root through my archive of possible news and put together a snippets-post of things that really ought to have been reported on before now on RISCOSitory.
Drag and not-drop added, not-drop not dropped, but drag and real-drop added. Sort of.
In May, Alan Buckley released an update to PackMan, his alternative package manager to RiscPkg for downloading and installing RISC OS applications and other resources. Since then, he has also released a test application which shows a proof of concept of how drag and drop installation might work in future versions of PackMan, asking for feedback on the idea.
Back at the end of November, Alan Buckley released a new version of TBX, his C++ library. The library is designed to help with the development of Toolbox based C++ applications for RISC OS, and comes with a user guide and reference documentation, and examples of its use are available as additional downloads, including a program to help generate simple C++ skeleton projects.
Version 0.6 is an alpha release, for which Alan listed the following as the main features in his announcement:
Moving instead of stubbing? Maybe it’s time to stop snubbing!
The end of November saw the release of a new version of PackMan, an alternative package manager to RiscPkg for downloading and installing software for RISC OS computer systems that has been packaged and distributed using the RISC OS Packaging Project.
Packaging on RISC OS has been a contentious issue since it was first introduced, with valid arguments for its use being presented by its proponents, and equally valid arguments, frequently about the implementation above all else, being presented by its opponents.