[sword-devel] InstallMgr limitation
dmsmith555 at yahoo.com
Fri Aug 19 18:39:29 MST 2005
One of the outstanding requests that we have for BibleDesktop/JSword is
to provide download sizes in the installer's listing of modules. At this
time we download mods.d.tar.gz and from that we figure out what zips are
available and when the user selects a module, we get the zip size and
ask the user if they want to download something that big.
One of the other outstanding requests is that we provide the user with
the scope of the module.
The problem that I have with an ls-lR file is that the listing changes
periodically as the operating system changes. Since the output is flat
text a custom parser needs to be written and that is susceptible to
breaking. If this is the route that people want to go, I would be
willing to write a perl or java program that would produce a file that
has a regular, unchanging output, that would provide the entire listing.
As I see it there are several parts for each module:
its module name
its download size (for both the tar.gz and zip)
the names and sizes of each part when on the local file system
So, yes, BibleDesktop/JSword would use it.
Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
>> That said, the listing has some advantages:
>> 1) It allows one to know the sizes of the files prior to downloading
>> the file.
>> 2) It allows one to know the scope of the work (nt only, ot only, ot
>> and nt, apocrypha)
> A real FTP connection that can list files has these same 2 advantages :)
> I don't have an objection to including an ls-lR file at the base of
> the modules directory, if that would help. It is one file and will
> not be downloaded or archived with the autopackager into each module
> (and promises nothing about the module file content)
> Having said this. Would anyone REALLY use an ls-lR file? I would
> object to code in InstallMgr's FTP driver using this. If your FTP
> connection is on crack, then you can't use the InstallMgr FTP driver.
> We don't support broken FTP connections. I wouldn't object to a new
> HTTP driver being added to InstallMgr that might use this ls-lR file.
> Anyone want to write it?
>> As to a common name, it is frequent to find a file with the name
>> ls-lR (often compressed as ls-lR.gz) on unix backed file systems that
>> contains a recursive long listing of the directory.
>> It would be very easy to create a cron job to create the files.
>> Troy A. Griffitts wrote:
>>> I'm not sure exactly what you are saying, but let me repeat it
>>> and see if I kindof understand:
>>> Someone is using an FTP proxy setup which doesn't allow them to list
>>> files on the remote server? And you'd like us to support that setup
>>> by maintaining file list catalog files in each module directory.
>>> If this is the case. I don't think I am willing to support such a
>>> non-standard FTP setup that can't work with anything else. How can
>>> someone really use FTP efficiently with any other server without
>>> being able to show file names? I guess for grabbing a known file
>>> name, but that isn't really a functional FTP proxy. InstallMgr
>>> works over FTP. If you want to use it, then you have to have working
>>> FTP access (via a proxy or whatever). The work to maintain module
>>> file lists inside an extra file for every module (even though it can
>>> be automated) is more work that I am willing to do to support such a
>>> fringe setup. What do you think?
>>> Joachim Ansorg wrote:
>>>> Hi guys,
>>>> I noticed a limitation in the InstallMgr component.
>>>> If the used FTPTransport instance uses a proxy then dir listing on
>>>> the FTP server are not possible if a http proxy is used (which is
>>>> most often used, IMHO).
>>>> Is it possible to have .mod_listing (or whatever name does fit) for
>>>> each module in it's data dir which contains the recursive listing
>>>> with the file sizes?
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