[PC-BSD Pbi-dev] Easy-bake PBI modules
jessefrgsmith at yahoo.ca
Thu Oct 27 10:14:52 PDT 2011
On 11-10-27 01:30 PM, Ken Moore wrote:
> On 10/27/11 10:48, Jesse Smith wrote:
>> 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
>> 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 commands
>> 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
>> Pbi-dev mailing list
>> Pbi-dev at lists.pcbsd.org
> I just gave EasyPBI a whirl, and I must say that I am impressed! It is
> still a bit rough, as you mentioned, but overall it is a nice
> interface for a "casual" user to build a PBI module.
> I have a couple suggestions here from my first use....
> 1) Make use of the QT spacers to allow the GUI to dynamically fit to
> the current size of the window.
> 2) There is an extra bar under the "File" and "About" menus that I can
> move around, but has no discernible purpose.
> 3) A button to open up the freshports page for the selected port in
> the default web browser might be a good idea (as you mentioned)
> 1) Instead of creating the modules in the home directory, I would
> recommend the following folder/structure:
> 1-a) Create a EasyPBI-modules/ directory in the home folder and
> place the uncompressed modules there
> 1-b) Create a subdirectory within EasyPBI-modules/ for the
> compressed modules
> 2) Since you are using the /usr/ports/ directory on the system, you
> might want to have some sanity checks to make sure the ports tree is
> actually on the user's system or prompt the user to get it if it is not.
> 3) In addition to creating the modules, you could actually have a
> button to run the pbi_makeport command on the newly-created module to
> actually run the process to build the PBI. This will take a bit more
> work, but I think it would make a nice complement to the program.
> All in all, it seems like a great start for the program. Would you
> like some help with it? I do a lot of Qt development and could help
> you out with the GUI if you are a bit rusty on it.
> ~ Ken Moore ~
Thank you for the feedback and the recommendations. I agree with all of
the above. I would certainly welcome help with the GUI. Most of my work
is more "behind the scenes" so interface design is a weak point for me.
If you could tidy it up and send me a patch, it would be very helpful.
I haven't used pbi_makeport yet, but I can look into adding a button to
build the PBI.
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