GSoC Project: Revitalizing Pallet

Mark Anderson emer at
Wed May 6 17:59:03 PDT 2015

I love it. I agree with Ryan, I think a portfile Editor/IDE should be a
separate MacPorts.framework project from Pallet.

Mark E. Anderson <emer at>

On Wed, May 6, 2015 at 8:40 PM, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at>

> On May 6, 2015, at 5:14 PM, Kyle Sammons wrote:
> > My name's Kyle Sammons and I've been accepted into this years GSoC. I
> was also a GSoC participant for MacPorts last year working on Project
> "Clean-up Stuff", which created the "port doctor" and "port reclaim"
> commands.
> >
> > My project for this year is to get Pallet, the MacPorts GUI, up and
> running with the support for newest versions of OS X and XCode. After that,
> I intend to give it, and the Framework, some more modern-day-MacPorts
> features. No features are set in stone as of yet, but I'm considering
> adding doctor, reclaim, rev-upgrade, a progress bar, or possibly even the
> ability to edit portfiles.
> >
> > Once again, none of these potential features are set in stone so if you
> guys would like to suggest any that would be nice to have, or have some
> questions/concerns about the project, feel free to shoot me an email.
> Great idea! I would only propose that you *not* pursue the idea of letting
> people edit portfiles, as that opens up lots of possibilities for problems.
> Pallet should be the utility for users who are not comfortable using the
> command line. Those users don't need to be editing portfiles.
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