[pacman-dev] download code in pacman

Joao Estevao trankas at gmail.com
Sun Jan 8 19:44:00 EST 2006

I've recently been looking at the code and I may be intruding here,
but here's my opinion nevertheless. If you feel the need to correct me
or comment, go right ahead.

On 1/8/06, VMiklos <vmiklos at frugalware.org> wrote:
> hi
> is there any reason why the download code is in pacman and not in the
> library? yes, i know, this way the frontends are not forced to use
> libftp, for example they can use curl, if you want. but i think this is
> not the same situation as the list handling functions / GList (ie. at a gtk
> frontend)
> imho placing the old download code in pacman, and not in the library is a
> disadvantage, and not an advantage
The way I see it it is always an advantage, it's simpler this way.
It's entirely up to the frontends to download the packages and the
One can implement a more exotic method of download, for instance, the
frontend could retrieve the packages with the help of a bittorrent
library. That would alleviate the burden on the main or the mirror's
Or one could check the packages for viruses, but I'm really just
dreaming here...

> or we could allow to use NULL as the download cb function pointer, and
> then use the our own download code
This, in my opinion, would be better, by letting the frontend choose.

> opinions? if i would implement this then theoratically you wouldn't have
> objections?
> udv / greetings,
> VMiklos
Hope you don't mind the intrusion,

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade.
It makes the hand bleed that uses it.

-- Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

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