Re: [textadept] Textadept 3.7 beta 2

From: mitchell <>
Date: Wed, 2 Mar 2011 21:14:58 -0500 (EST)


On Wed, 2 Mar 2011, Zhehao Mao wrote:

> On 03/02/2011 10:03 AM, Robert wrote:
>> On Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 3:25 PM, Zhehao Mao <> wrote:
>> (...)
>>> You should probably also include Brian's Python module, the one from the
>>> wiki. I'm also going to try to write an updater so that users can
>>> install new versions and modules from within textadept or from the
>>> command line.
>> Zip files on the wiki are definitely cumbersome and make it difficult
>> to just look at modules.
>> A while ago Jay suggested using (something like) Luarocks for
>> updating/getting modules (1). You can add the Luarocks package path to
>> Textadept's path, so this would actually be possible.
>> I did this a while ago and experimented with the luasocket module for
>> doing something like package management. It's quite easy to load a
>> file from the web into Textadept (see the examples in PiL). However,
>> one starts reinventing version control soon. Maybe the simplest
>> approach is having language modules in one repository per module on
>> github, bitbucket, google code or whereever.
>> This makes getting and updating them one-liners (wrapping these
>> commands in a Textadept dialog is also possible). Further, maintaining
>> your own "branch" of customizations or merging with updates should be
>> quite simple.
>> We could have a "collection" of available modules for example at
>> like the one Textmate has.
>> I'd volunteer in maintaining this (inclusive mirroring somewhere as a
>> hg repo if desired).
>> Thoughts?
>> Robert
>> (1)
> Hmm, perhaps luarocks would be best. If we were to do it through a git
> or hg repository, users would always be getting the latest development
> versions, which may or may not be broken.

Not if the releases were tagged. If you wanted to, you could download 3.6
from hg instead of grabbing the latest version.

> Actually, luarocks is a pure
> lua program, so it may be possible to just require it into textadept and
> make it download into the user's textadept directory (the main one, not
> ~/.textadept) instead of the ~/.luarocks directory. I'll clone their
> github repo and see what I can do.

Does this mean ta would have to carry its own distribution of luarocks?

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