[gambit-list] The two package systems

Mikael mikael.rcv at gmail.com
Wed Nov 9 03:13:35 EST 2011

Fundamentally Black Hole is a tool for incremental dev (ensures import of
all dependencies is up to date on import etc.), with a limited set of
package handling features (through "module resolvers" - the one by the name
"std", and in the Syntactic tower version named "srfi", are bundled - and
ability to use HTTP URL as package name; can easily-enough be extended to a
full-blown package handling tool by the one who so wishes), while Snow is a
package handling tool (i.e. mechanism for you to get a library package
created by someone else).

Re Snow, its packages can easily be converted to Black Hole modules. If I
remember right, it had some cross-Scheme implementation ambitions to it, as
seen through cond-expand:s in its packages.

2011/11/9 Guillaume Cartier <gcartier at jazzscheme.org>

> There's actually 3 with JazzScheme to make things even more complicated!
> IMHO you should go with Blackhole. It seems the one pretty much
> everyone is using at the moment. Snow is dead and JazzScheme while in
> very active development is more geared towards our in-house needs at
> the moment.
> Guillaume
> On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 4:50 PM, Hendrik Boom <hendrik at topoi.pooq.com>
> wrote:
> > The gambit wiki lists two package systems, Snow and Blackhole.
> >
> > Is either of them preferred in some sense?  Can they be used together?
> >
> > The show installation guide mentions a generic snow and shows for
> > specific Scheme implementations.  On the "links" page it mentions that a
> > gambit-specific implementation is a work in progress.
> >
> > In the HOST section of the packages page, there's a host-gambit package.
> > Is it the one that's a work in progress?  Or has the work progressed to
> > usability by now.
> >
> > So ... which Snow implementation do you recommend for use?
> >
> > And is there anything else I should know before I start?
> >
> > -- hendrik
> >
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