[plt-scheme] Why is Planet better than PLT archives?

From: Hans Oesterholt-Dijkema (hdnews at gawab.com)
Date: Thu Dec 29 17:10:56 EST 2005

Jacob Matthews schreef:
Thanks for your answers,

> (That said, I think it would be possible to arrange things slightly  
> differently so that all library-type requirements would be handled  
> the same way --- but that way would have to be something more like  
> that planet way than the current library way.)

But the standard require lib mechanism could also more implicitly 
resolve namespaces filling in gaps...

>> I also noticed that a plt package for --all-users, when
>> installed with 'planet --file ...' will get installed in the
>> plt scheme system collects directories.
> That's correct. The planet tools are designed to work only with  
> themselves; you'll get surprising results if you try to mix the  
> planet tools with .plt files created in other ways.

Hmm. Ok, I'll have to be carefull. However. I have some troubles getting 

>> And, what, if there's no internet connection? At my
>> work I noticed that (require (planet ...)) will yield
>> an unrecoverable error when not connected to the
>> internet, which I think cannot be acceptable.
> PLaneT only goes out to the internet if the package the user requires  
> isn't locally available. If you ask for a package that isn't on your  
> local system and you have no internet connection with which to get  
> it, that seems like a perfectly legitimate situation in which to  
> yield an unrecoverable error.
> -jacob

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