[wpkg-users] new web-based wpkg manager

Tomasz Chmielewski mangoo at wpkg.org
Mon Aug 4 10:51:36 CEST 2008

Rainer Meier schrieb:
> Hi,
> mscdex wrote:
>> Thank you for the suggestions. Regarding the XML import/export, I'm not 
>> sure what the purpose of this would be? The way I imagined the frontend 
>> to be was that it would work directly with the xml files on disk and 
>> none of that information would be stored in a database.
> OK, this idea sounds good for me too. However there are some points 
> which have to be taken into consideration. If the web GUI directly edits 
> the XML files, then the same server is supposed to run the GUI as well 
> as the windows share (or Samba) which might not fit some environments 
> (no web server service on file servers).
> I am not concerned about speed as we are not talking about millions of 
> XML files but rather about less than 100.
> Personally I thought the GUI would store its package information into a 
> DB backend or a local storage. In such case XML import/export would be 
> very helpful for migration purposes too.
> The current WPKG WEB supports downloading of packages.xml (including all 
>   package definitions) using HTTP protocol (including basic 
> authentication). Personally I am using this option at the moment. It is 
> quite an efficient way to read the XML files. Reading them from a CIFS 
> share is less efficient.

A command line interface for retrieving the files directly from either:

a) the database, or
b) from the web interface
wget would do here, provided there are some sane links and files to 
download from, i.e.:


would return a list of all packages, one package in a row.

Then, iterate through a list, i.e.:


Useful for the servers which don't have any web interface.

Tomasz Chmielewski

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