These are the TODO items for the Haiku Package Management.
If necessary, add a caching mechanism to speed up mounting it.
Complete support for extracting and updating settings files: Merge support and user feedback are still missing.
Add user notification/interaction support for initial verification (on start-up).
Support packages being copied to the
packagesdirectory. Currently only moving works.
Define packaging guidelines and create a tool to check packages against those.
Status: Here’s the wiki page defining the policy. It’s still a work in progress. haikuporter has some policy checking built in already.
Add system update support.
Status: Mostly functional in pkgman (
pkgman full-sync), but unsupported in HaikuDepot.
Safe mode/recovery options:
Disable packages installed in home.
Package/package repository format¶
Add support for repository keys (public/private) and package signing/checksums, so that it is possible to verify that data retrieved from a repository have not been tampered with.
Add package sizes to repository. Since there are plans to support xz (or other high-ratio formats) compressed uncompressed packages for download that are recompressed for installation, we probably need to discriminate between download and installation sizes.
Add support for a faster compression format (e.g. lz4). As it turns out, the currently used zlib compression is rather slow (slower than reading uncompressed data from a slow HD).
Add MIME info for types supported by packaged applications (and sniffer rules?) to the package attributes.
Add MIME directory watching to registrar, so it can update the MIME DB caches when packages are de-/activated.
Get rid of post_install scripts. Do that in the build system.
Get rid of UserBootscript. Start the scripts in “~/config/settings/boot/launch” from Bootscript instead.