[slackbuilds.org] slackware repository idea
Just an idea that struck me:
I think slackbuilds.org could improve their interface a bit. I was thinking, since the information is already all there, why the search capability is limited, and why the repository itself seems limited.
This is the ideal scenario I'm thinking about:
I download a source package from some developer's website, and wish to get a slackbuild for it. I type in 'slackbuild-get [source package name].tar.gz', and it queries slackbuilds.org through the MD5 hash of the source package, and retrieves an appropriate slackbuild.
Perhaps I can already search by MD5 through the website, but the web interface is really too clunky for something which could be made simpler. The FTP server could, for instance, have a manifest file of source package names or MD5's and the corresponding slackbuild URL's, and I could then implement my proposed 'slackbuild-get' using a trivial bash script, for example.
If there is a more advanced way of searching through available slackbuilds, I think it should also be possible to host more slackbuilds for different versions of source packages or even different versions of Slackware. (Quality control issues notwithstanding). I mean, slackbuilds are just little scripts, right? Hosting them should be less of an issue than for other kinds of repositories. But this isn't really my main point.
My main point is, slackbuilds.org could be even more awesome through a simple improvement, such as the ability to be scriptable from a client's shell. =)