GSoC 2012 : Pidgin Plugin Website

Eion Robb eion at
Sun Mar 25 11:10:51 EDT 2012

On Monday, 26 March 2012, John Bailey <rekkanoryo at> wrote:
> On 03/25/2012 03:45 AM, Mark Doliner wrote:
>> For example, for Linux users, maybe they could download a .c file, or
>> a zip containing the source, and Pidgin automatically invokes gcc,
>> compiles the plugin, installs it in the user's local ~/.purple/
>> directory, and cleans up after itself.  It would need to show friendly
>> messages if the user needs to install gcc, or needs to install the
>> pidgin-devel rpm or pidgin-dev dpkg.  And it would need to be able to
>> check for updates and update the plugin, possibly automatically.
> I have no strong opinion on this either way, but I would like to point
out that
> this has the potential to be a disaster area.  There are security
> surrounding downloading and automatically compiling random code, even if
it is
> from a website we intend to be trustworthy.  My instinct is to lean
toward being
> against the autocompile idea.

I dunno, I kinda like the idea of using something like libtcc to load up .c
files and run them as plugins, similar to the Perl plugin loader... It
would make cross-platform distribution of plugins so much easier :)
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