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--- Quote from: rvk on October 05, 2016, 04:15:22 pm ---(That would also allow you to make your own repository in addition to the default ones provided)

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I would assume this would be the case. That way, a package author only needs to publicize the URL of the package zip. The user types/pastes this URL into the package manager, which does the rest.

I would use a separate .zip for each package. And each .zip would contain its own JSON file for the package. Put a master list of packages elsewhere.

Take a look at how this is implemented in other IDE/apps. For example, QGIS has supported Python plugins for years and has hundreds of plugins to manage. Look at the QGIS External (official) and Experimental plugins dialogs here:

Note that official plugins need to be approved. Here's their list of items to pay attention to for fast approval:

I agree with Phil, so for example I can upload a release on GitHub that in fact is a package, and then anyone can just copy and paste the URL to this program and get the package installed.

Exactly. The only question in my mind is whether there should be any sort of "official" stamp, or perhaps just a requirement that the package have an appropriate license (modified LGPL, for example), documentation, etc. as indicated by the contents of the JSON file.

Apart from questions of improving the functionality, reliability, security etc. of the package manager, careful thought needs to be given to non-software issues such as long term funding of webserver costs, who (or what grouping) has control of the 'official' repositories, what are the criteria for inclusion/rejection of submitted packages, whether some PPA-type system should be in place for addition of private repositories, who will police it in terms of enforcing adherence to the stated policies, and so on.
This is a bold start, but there could be a minefield ahead in terms of future maintenance and oversight, not so much of the software itself, but of the data it manages and the ongoing quality of that data.

If money is an issue I recommend to host it on GitHub/Sourceforge that has free website that is managed with a repository/ftp for project or organization.

Use standard releases for each package and only mantain a list of json that points to another url where the real zip is available (the zip can be in any host service).

If you choose GitHub/Sourceforge you can add as many mantainers you want, simple give them access to put files in the website.


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