[ANN] BPT (Boxed Package Tool)

Discussion in 'Python' started by Giuseppe Ottaviano, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. Hi all,
    I am pleased to announce BPT 0.2a (despite the number, this is the
    first public version).

    http://pypi.python.org/pypi/bpt

    Like virtualenv, BPT allows to create isolate environments, but it is
    not limited to Python software, as it can be used to install arbitrary
    Unix software. It can be used for development (several versions of the
    same software can be installed in the same environment, and
    administrator privileges are not needed), and for deployment of
    complete installations (the environments are relocatable).

    Feel free to use and test it, comments are welcome.

    What is BPT
    ===========

    BPT is a Python library (``bpt``) and a command line application
    (``box``) to create and manage isolated enviroments, or *boxes*. Boxes
    are *relocatable*, which means that they can be moved to a different
    directory or even distributed to other machines (provided that the
    architecture is compatible). Packages inside the box can be easily
    disabled, enabled and removed, so that different versions of the same
    software can be installed simultaneously, allowing to switch between
    them.

    BPT is similar in some ways to `virtualenv
    <http://pypi.python.org/pypi/virtualenv>`_, but it is not restricted
    to Python packages, allowing to install virtually any Unix
    software. It also takes some ideas from `jhbuild
    <http://live.gnome.org/Jhbuild>`_, but without the dependency
    resolution and automatic downloading machinery, and the ``bpt-rules``
    format is inspired by `Gentoo <http://www.gentoo.org/>`_'s ebuilds.

    --
    Giuseppe Ottaviano
     
    Giuseppe Ottaviano, Apr 29, 2009
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