[PC-BSD Pbi-dev] Easy-bake PBI modules

Jesse Smith jessefrgsmith at yahoo.ca
Thu Oct 27 07:48:35 PDT 2011

Fellow PBIers,

I believe I've come up with a tool which will make it much easier for 
non-developers to create PBI modules. The tool is simply named (I'm not 
feeling creative today) EasyPBI. It's a Qt-based graphical application 
which will create new PBI modules with just a few mouse clicks.

Right now it's a little rough, the last time I did any real coding in 
Qt.... well, KDE 2.2 was considered current. At any rate, I'm attaching 
my first attempt here. To compile it you will need the Qt development 
libraries installed on your system.

To compile EasyPBI, save the attached tar archive and run the following 

tar zxf EasyPBI-0.1.tar.gz
cd EasyPBI

Then run

The interface is a small window which displays the key fields of a PBI 
module. At the bottom of the screen the app displays instructions for 
the user to follow. To start off, we go to the File menu and select New 
Module. We pick which port we want to build. The app tries to fill in as 
many fields as possible and prompts the user to fill in the blanks for 
us. Then the user hits the Create Module button at the bottom of the 
window. EasyPBI will then try to build the module and bundle it as a tar 
archive. Its last step is to notify the user that the module has been 
created and provides the location of the tarball and the pbi-dev mailing 
list address so users can submit their module.

The app can be used to build several modules, one after another.

Right now I'm thinking more instructions and an option to open then 
port's FreshPort's page would be a logical next step. Comments, 
suggestions are welcome.

- Jesse

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