[sword-devel] feature request: module manager enhancement

Daniel Owens dhowens at pmbx.net
Wed May 13 18:07:47 MST 2009

You've got my vote. It seems to be an understandable confusion that 
zipped modules are available but most front-ends don't support their 
use. BPBible implemented the installation of modules using zipped 
archives, and it doesn't even have the standard module manager yet. That 
to me says that this feature is easy to implement (and in my thinking 
long overdue). HTTP repositories are another MAJOR motivation for me too...


Peter von Kaehne wrote:
> I grow slowly tired  (and I am sure I am not the only one) of the emails
> on the support line regarding "I have downloaded  x number of modules
> and where are they now".
> Wouldn't a feasible and relatively minor yet extremely useful
> improvement to the module manager be the ability to handle appropriately
> zipped modules (and I do not want to reopen the debate on where is the
> best place to keep your modules ;-))
> Kind of
> installmgr -zl ~/downloads/    # lists all zipped modules at a path
> installmgr -zi ~/downloads/*zip  # installs chosen zipped modules
> and along those lines for the frontends?
> The result would be that
> a) zipped collections of modules would be better accessible (some non
> CrossWire related websites make such available)
> b) zipped collections of modules would be a good idea for passing around
> where internet access is difficult (I know there is the possibility for
> local repos, but still)
> c) accidentally created zipped collections (like that of my last
> correspondent on sword-support) could be gracefully handeled along the
> lines ("This was not the best way to get them, but do this and this...")
> d) It also improves the ability of those who have hosting space but no
> ftp server to put out modules.
> Peter
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