Pkg instantiate a package


I currently develop interdependent Julia packages and look for an easy way to share my work to others. The packages are all un-registered yet.

What I understood so far to realize this:

  • define dependencies by reference to git repositories
  • so that the manifest file contains all info
  • then use Pkg instantiate to instantiate the package

What I was expecting to work, but didn’t work, is the following

] instantiate

and it would download the package, install its dependencies, adding all dependencies to the current project, and lastly adding the toplevel package itself to the current project.

I.e. I thought instead of add I can just call instantiate and deal with all these dependencies which are not yet in a registry. Does not work unfortunately

Any help is highly appreciated.

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You will have to get the Project.toml and Manifest.toml files first, e.g. by git cloneing:

$ git clone tmp

$ cd tmp

$ jlpkg --project instantiate # or julia --project -e 'using Pkg; Pkg.instantiate()'

good to know that it is working for a checkout repository, however my use-case is differently:

  • I just want to share my state with others
  • they not necessarily want to dev further

hence I really rather look for a flexible alternative for ] add in order to add dependencies with non-registered packages

my gut-feeling tells me there is none right now and you better define your custom registry…

You can share the Project.toml + Manifest.toml files then.

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can you explain in more detail what the steps would be?

(I just read up more and more about the registry approach and it really looks not mature right now - e.g. here is a recommendation against using registries when possible)

Just publish the environment you want the users to replicate somewhere where they can download them and then instantiate. Pseudo-code:

$ mkdir my-env
$ curl -o my-env/Project.toml
$ curl -o my-env/Manifest.toml
$ julia --project=my-env -e 'using Pkg; Pkg.instantiate()'