The new Guigna app
iandw.au at gmail.com
Wed Feb 13 22:40:52 PST 2013
Here is something you might like to have a look at.
On 10 Feb, Guido Soranzio posted here
about his new Guigna app. You can find it on GitHub at:
and you can clone it (check out the source code) with:
git clone https://github.com/gui-dos/Guigna.git
in a suitable working directory. That creates a Guigna/git subdirectory.
Or you can see a overview and screenshot here:
Two days ago, I cloned and built it. It is an Xcode project, written in
OS X 4.8 I think, but I was able to change the "Deployment Target"
project attribute to 10.7 and get it to go.
It already provides much of functionality I would like to see in a
Macports GUI --- and it takes care of not just Macports , but also
Homebrew, Fink and some other sources. It even provides an
inventory of your Apple and App Store software, and I was quite
surprised to see my copy of Angry Birds in there … gotta keep up
with the grandkids … ;-)
Guigna is beautifully laid out, but has just a few rough edges … Hell,
Guido's first commit was only nine days ago!
Some of you will like the way it delegates port actions to a Terminal
window, and that is where you put in your admin password, just as
in the "real" Macports … :-) I believe you can even intervene in that
window and insert some commands, just as if you were using "port"
from a command-line.
Wearing my end-user hat, I do not like that approach, but I believe
it would be possible to have both "Pro" and "Home" options in Guigna,
if Guido does not object.
I'd like to write a mini-spec for the "Home" option in the next few days
and put it up for review. Then, if it is OK with you, Guido, maybe I
could start tinkering with some ideas on a local Git branch.
And guys, Guigna is well worth a look! Give it a go.
All the best, Ian W.
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