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Manager: a graphical package management front-end for GoboLinux

Manager enables the user to keep track of all installed versions of programs as long as what new versions are available to be installed.

Manager makes disctinction of two big groups of program versions:

Installed versions are, of course, versions which are already installed at the users system. An installed version may be:

  • Current a 'current' installed version if the 'Current' link points to it, meaning that this is the version of the program currently being used
  • Unlinked an 'unlinked' installed version, which correspond to a version that does not has any link in the /System/Links directory
  • Other 'other' installed version, which do not fit in the above conditions

Available versions are the versions of a package that are, somehow, available to be installed. Each available version may be:

  • Local a 'local binary package' - package available at the machine, in some local directory
  • Official a 'official binary package' - binary package available packed by some core developer
  • Contrib a 'contributed binary package' - package contributed by some user, and placed, without garanties, at our servers
  • Recipe a 'Recipe' - compilation instructions parsed and executed by Compile, our automated compilation tool
  • Traked a 'tracked version' - version that actually may not have a correspondent Recipe or binary package, but that is already made available by the program developers

The following screenshot shows a typical Manager screen.

Manager screen

Notice that each type of available version may be hidden or shown using the toolbar.

Actions like program installation or removal may be ordered throught the 'Commands' menu, or using the mouse right-click. The commands are always placed in a 'Commands queue', which is processed once the 'start' Play button is pressed.

When any version or program is selected, informations about it are show in the right side of the screen, above the commands queue. Many programs already have complete descriptions. Contributions of missing descriptions are welcome. Please follow the same scheme used in the description available at /Files/Descriptions and send the new descriptions to André Detsch (detsch at gobolinux dot org)

Getting Manager

Manager is shipped by default since GoboLinux 012, but it also works on previous releases, provided you have a recent Scripts package, as well as in the Rootless hosted mode. Both can be found at the packages page.