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0launch: download and run programs by URL

NAME
0launch - download and run programs by URL

SYNOPSIS

0launch [OPTION]... INTERFACE [ARG]... 0launch --list [SEARCH-TERM] 0launch --import [FEED-FILES]

DESCRIPTION

0launch runs a program, identified by an 'INTERFACE'. If the program is not already on your computer, it downloads information about which versions are available, and lets you choose one to download. It will also (automatically) do the same for libraries the program needs. 0launch will also check for updates if it has been a long time since the last check (configurable). Normally, INTERFACE is taken as a FEED, which can be either a URL in the form '//site/program' or a local path name like '/path/to/program.xml'. For HTTP URLs, the remote file is a GPG-signed XML document. Local feed files are not signed. The default one-to-one mapping from interface URIs to feed URLs can be changed using the --feed option.

EXAMPLES

When a program is available using 0launch, it will have an associated URL. To run the program, simply invoke 0launch with this as an argument: 0launch //rox.sourceforge.net/2005/interfaces/Edit The first time you do this, details about the program are downloaded and cached, and you will be prompted to confirm the versions to use. In future, the program will run directly from the cache without confirmation. To check for new versions: 0launch --refresh //rox.sourceforge.net/2005/interfaces/Edit To search the list of cached URLs: 0launch --list Edit To avoid having to keep typing the full URI, use the 0alias(1) command to create shortcuts to run your programs.

COMMAND-LINE OPTIONS

--before=VERSION Chosen implementation's version number must be earlier than VERSION. i.e., force the use of an old version the program. -c, --console Never use the GUI. Normally, 0launch switches to graphical mode if it needs to download anything from the network (unless DISPLAY is not set). -d, --download-only Download any needed files, but stop before actually running the program. -D, --dry-run Just print what actions would be taken. -f, --feed Register (or unregister) an additional source of implementations. When you check out a developer version of a project, it may contain an XML feed file. To add this version to the list of available versions, use --feed on this XML file. The file is not copied, so you don't need to re-add the file each time it is updated. Note that if you just want to run the program, you can invoke 0launch on the feed file directly (without using --feed). This will force the injector to use that version, but won't affect what happens when you run it using the URI as normal. Use --feed when you want to use the developer version even when using the URI, or if the program is a library (and thus referenced by URI by other programs). --get-selections Instead of running the program, just print the set of chosen implementations as an XML document to stdout. This can be used later with --set-selections. Use --select-only if you don't even want to download the packages. -g, --gui Show the graphical policy editor. This allows you to select which version of a program or library to use. -h, --help Show the built-in help text. -i, --import Import from files, not from the network. This is useful when testing a feed file, to avoid uploading it to a remote server in order to download it again. It might also be useful when installing from a CD or similar. The file must have a trusted GPG digital signature, as when fetching from the network. For unsigned interfaces, see --feed. -l, --list List all known interface (program) URIs. If a search term is given, only URIs containing that string are shown (case insensitive). -m, --main=MAIN Run the specified executable instead of the default. If MAIN starts with '/' then the path is relative to the implementation's top-level directory, whereas otherwise it is relative to the directory containing the default MAIN program. For example, if the default MAIN is bin/svn then using --main=svnadmin will run .../bin/svnadmin instead. --not-before=VERSION Chosen implementation's version number must not be earlier than VERSION. E.g., if you want to run version 2.0 or later, use --not-before=2.0. -o, --offline Run in off-line mode, overriding the default setting. In off- line mode, no interfaces are refreshed even if they are out-of- date, and newer versions of programs won't be downloaded even if the injector already knows about them (e.g. from a previous refresh). -r, --refresh Fetch a fresh copy of all used interfaces. This will normally switch to GUI mode, unless --console is also given. --select-only Download any required feeds and choose a set of implementations, but don't actually download them. If there are stale feeds, check for updates first (if we're not off-line). --set-selections=FILE Instead of choosing suitable implementations using the policy, run exactly the versions given in FILE. A suitable file can be created using the --get-selections option described above. --show Print the selected versions in a human-readable format to stdout. The display is similar to the GUI; it shows the program being run and its dependencies. For each selected component, the version number is displayed and its location on the file- system. Implies --download-only. -s, --source The implementation of the main (root) interface must have an architecture of the form '*-src' (normally a literal "*", but could be a compatible OS). Dependencies are normal implementations, not source ones. See 0compile for details. -v, --verbose More verbose output. Use twice for even more verbose output. -V, --version Display version information. -w, --wrapper=COMMAND Instead of executing the chosen program directly, run COMMAND PROGRAM ARGS. This is useful for running debuggers and tracing tools on the program (rather than on 0launch!). Note that the wrapper is executed in the environment selected by the program; hence, this mechanism cannot be used for sandboxing. See the DEBUGGING section below. --with-store=DIR Append a directory to the list of implementation caches.
DEBUGGING TIPS
To debug 0launch itself, use the --verbose and --console options. For example: $ 0launch -vvc //myprog To trace or debug programs run by 0launch, use the --wrapper option. For example, to run myprog --help, displaying all calls to open(2): $ 0launch --wrapper="strace -e open" //myprog --help If your program is interpreted (e.g. a Python program), and you wish to debug the interpreter running it, you can do it like this: $ 0launch --wrapper="gdb --args python" //myprog --help
FILES
Configuration files (see freedesktop.org basedir spec): ~/.config/0install.net/injector/global Global configuration settings. ~/.config/0install.net/injector/trustdb.xml List of trusted keys. ~/.config/0install.net/injector/interfaces Per-interface settings, and extra feeds. Cached data (can be re-downloaded if lost): ~/.cache/0install.net/interfaces Downloaded cached feed files. ~/.cache/0install.net/implementations Downloaded cached implementations, indexed by manifest digest. See the 0store(1) man page for more information.

LICENSE

Copyright (C) 2010 Thomas Leonard. You may redistribute copies of this program under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License.

BUGS

Please report bugs to the developer mailing list: //0install.net/support.html

AUTHOR

The Zero Install Injector was created by Thomas Leonard.

SEE ALSO

0install(1), 0alias(1), 0store(1) The Zero Install web-site: //0install.net 0LAUNCH(1)
 
 
 

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