[pacman-dev] Little hello and pyalpmm announcement

Dario Freddi drf54321 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 23 13:20:56 EDT 2009

Hi Markus,

I'm the main developer of Aqpm, a Qt/C++ wrapper of alpm, which is also the 
library behind Shaman. Your project seems great, and I hope somebody will use 
it to make something just as great!

However, I wanted to let you know that at the moment Alpm behaves strangely in 
multithreaded environments. Particularly (I don't know why and I did not 
investigate further), when running package scriptlets the operation will stall 
completely if more than one thread is active.

You might want to consider this in your library, in Aqpm there's no such 
problem as by using PolicyKit, transactions are always jailed in a different 
process which is of course single-threaded, and that's probably the only 

I would suggest you to make some tests of pyalpmm in multithreaded 
environments, since the highest barrier of alpm in GUI ambits is that it was 
not designed with thread usage in mind. Also have a look at Aqpm, which is 
completely thread-safe, as I jailed alpm as well in its very own thread, you 
might be tempted to adopt a similar solution.

Hope this helped you!

In data sabato 22 agosto 2009 16:45:14, Markus Meissner ha scritto:
: > Hello pacman-dev list members,
> I'm the developer (meissna) behind the python libalpm wrapper: pyalpmm
> You can find more information in this thread (1st post):
> http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=60711&p=1
> As a very short abstract: pyalpmm implements a thin very high level
> wrapper around the alpm library written in python.
> One of the main goals in the medium term are a transparent regular repos
> and aur support ... (like mixing aur and repo packaged in -S)
> Several steps are taken towards this goal, like building (mmacman -BI
> some_repo_or_aur_pkg) supports both transparently,
> searching ( mmacman -Ss query) also supports both: regular repos and
> aur. The next step is already the "-S functionality" milestone,
> which needs proper AUR pkg dependency resolution - this is in
> construction, or maybe "conception" ;)
> And, dunno if this is usual, but one line about me personally:
> My name is Markus Meissner, living and studying in Germany/Frankfurt -
> right now I'm in Munich for my graduation and I'm 25years old...
> So, hi all!
> Greets
> Markus


Dario Freddi
KDE Developer
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