New GUI for PETget package manager

Merely a couple of days dawn to midnight to implement this! Seems to be working nicely, see snapshot:

I am gradually modularising PETget, but for now the original 'petget' script is still there and I'm just calling it from the new GUI-frontpanel to install and uninstall packages. So it's a transitional thing.

What took me a long time was to go through the 'packages.txt' files for Puppy2 and Puppy4 and put in categories for every package. As you can see from the snapshot, the categories match the top-level of the menu in Puppy.

'BuildingBlock' packages are what the name suggests, such as libraries.

So far I have only done Puppy2 and Puppy4, and choosing a package will cause 'petget' to download it from the correct ibiblio repository.

What it needs is testing, particularly to check how it handles fetching the correct dependencies from Puppy2. I plan to write some more code for this, but it should work basically ok.

As Puppy4 has reached beta1 I don't want to launch into a new phase of coding, so I will probably leave it as it is right now and just do some testing. Further refinements can come after 4.00.

It was a struggle to get it to fit in 800x600 -- I managed 798x598 -- whew!

Posted on 14 Apr 2008, 21:13


Posted on 14 Apr 2008, 21:42 by reckrhodes
Pet Package
New GUI for PETget package manager is i think a very user friendly interface for a new user like me.

Could there be a special pet packages for Education Sir Barry?

Thank you in advance. God speed!

Posted on 14 Apr 2008, 22:11 by lluamco
petget space estimation
Hi Barry, nice looking of the new Gui!
I wonder whether the free space estimation of petget takes into account correctly the different blocksizes, as was discussed some months ago in this threat
I suggest to slightly modify the code as follows:

EXPFREEB=`stat --filesystem --format=%f /` #no. free blocks. (1 k blocks)
EXPFILEB=`stat --format=%b $APKGNAMEEX` #no. blocks. (512 byte blocks)

BLOCKFSSIZE=`stat --filesystem --format=%s /` #filesystem blocksize
BLOCKFILESIZE=`stat --format=%B $APKGNAMEEX` # blockfilesize

(Same comment made in the Puppy 4 beta bugs thread of the forum)

Hope this helps

Posted on 14 Apr 2008, 23:04 by BarryK
Fix for calc enough space for pkg
Ok, I've put your code in. It's about time that I got around to fixing that!

Posted on 14 Apr 2008, 24:44 by kirk
Looks nice! You had mentioned sometime ago, that you where going to modify petget to use other repositories. Is that still in the works? If so will packages made with dir2pet, and specify dependecies, will those dependecies be looked for in all repositories?

Posted on 15 Apr 2008, 3:43 by Lobster
PetGet Got
It looks like the transition to petget is almost complete. Brilliant. This will make a huge difference. It is great to have so many available testers, who will hopefully download and try the new release.

Posted on 15 Apr 2008, 4:24 by linuxcbon
Weldone !
Exactly what I proposed some time ago.
Thanks for making it real :)

Posted on 15 Apr 2008, 13:56 by craftybytes
PetGet - Local packages
The GUI looks great.!! As kirk stated above - will the new GUI allow for selecting "local" packages (if downloaded from the net previously) or from a "local" repository (CD or DVD or other hard drive partition.).?

If so - would definitely round out the total 'install' experience..

Posted on 15 Apr 2008, 18:53 by BarryK
Re: local PET repository
Yes, handling a local repository would be good. The Unleashed CD that I sell could be configured as a local repository for example.

Posted on 16 Apr 2008, 17:04 by bytescrafty
Re: local PET repository
FYI - I actually copy the 'Unleashed' CD files to a separate partition on my hard drive - makes accessing them very much faster than from the CD - other Puppy users might also do this - so you'll need to allow for this configuration in the GUI..

I also have a stack of other "Puppy" files retrieved from the main forum in a separate folder - maybe this type of 'local' store could be made into a form of suitable repository for 'local' files.?

Worth considering..


Posted on 18 Jul 2008, 20:04 by toomuchcomputertime
PETget looks very nice. Would it be possible to modify it so it can search packages and add repository (somewhat like puppy-package-manager)? Thanks for your work. Puppy has revived some old computers for us.