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The Zero Install Injector

Copyright Thomas Leonard, 2005

This is an experimental prototype -- use at your own risk!


A program is made up of many different components, typically written by
different groups of people. Each component is available in multiple versions.
The injector is used when starting a program. Its job is to decide which
implementation of each required component to use.

An interface describes what a component does. The injector starts with the
interface for the program you want to run (like 'The Gimp') and chooses an
implementation (like 'The Gimp 2.2.0'). However, this implementation will in
turn depend on other interfaces, such as 'GTK' (which draws the menus and
buttons). Thus, the injector must choose implementations of each dependancy
(each of which may require further interfaces, and so on).

See for details.


The injector uses the normal Python distutils method of installation. To
install, become root and run like this:

  $ su
  [ enter root password ]
  # python install
  # exit


To run a program by its URI:

$ 0launch

To run create short-cut:

$ 0alias rox-edit


This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under
the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software
Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY
WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more details.  You
should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this
program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place,
Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA


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