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A lightweight dependency manager

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A lightweight dependency manager for managing project dependencies in multiple contexts. The use case driving development is that of distinguishing between development, testing, and production dependencies in a simple and unified way. However, the application is general purpose and can be used in any project requiring the management of dependencies in multiple contexts.

Currently, only dependencies resolved via apt-get and pip are supported. However, support for other dependency types is planned for future releases (see Future Features for more details).


$ pip install -U depman


usage: depman [-h] [-f <depfile>] <command> [<context>]

A lightweight dependency manager.

positional arguments:
  <command>             'satisfy' satisfies the dependencies specified in
                        <depfile>. 'validate' only validates <depfile> and
                        does not perform any system operations
  <context>             The dependency context to perform <command> on

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -f <depfile>, --depfile <depfile>
                        The requirements file to load

If not supplied, <depfile> and <context> default to requirements.yml and all, respectively.


Suppose you have the following requirements.yml in your current working directory:

    - test

    - libxml2-dev
    - libxslt1-dev
    - lxml
    - Sphinx

    - nose
    - coverage

    - gevent:
        version: 1.0.2
    - texttable
    - syn:
        always_upgrade: yes

This file specifies three dependency contexts: dev, test, prod. In general, any top-level key in requirements.yml specifies a dependency context. The one exception to this rule is includes, which defines inclusion relationships between contexts. In this example, the dev context includes the test context. As such, when depman satisfy test is run at the command line, depman will invoke pip to install nose and coverage, if they do not exist on the system. On the other hand, when depman satisfy dev is run at the command line, depman will first invoke apt-get to install libxml1-dev and libxslt1-dev and then invoke pip to install lxml, Sphinx, nose, and coverage (in general, apt dependencies are processed before pip dependencies). Because test is “included” in dev, its dependencies are processed whenever dev is processed.

depman also accepts the special context all as a valid command line parameter. Running depman satisfy all causes depman to satisfy the dependencies in all of the defined dependency contexts. In this example, it would cause depman to satisfy the dependencies for dev, test, and prod. Running depman satisfy is equivalent to running depman satisfy all.

Currently, only two dependency types are supported in any context: apt and pip. However, support for other dependency types is planned for future releases (see Future Features for more details).

Dependencies are specified in each context under each dependency type (i.e. apt or pip) as YAML list elements. If the element is a string, the dependency in question will be treated as satisfied if some version of the package denoted by the string exists on the system. For more detailed dependency requirements, the name of the package can be listed as the key to a YAML dictionary of dependency options. This can be seen, for example, in the gevent dependency, in which a minimum version 1.0.2 is specified as a requirement. Additionally, the syn package contains the always_upgrade option, which causes depman to always attempt to upgrade the package, regardless of the current version installed.

In version 0.1, versioning features are only available for pip dependencies, but versioning options will be added to other dependency types in future releases.

Future Features

The following features are planned for future releases:

  • Better versioning support (>=, ==, <=, etc.)
  • Support for apt versioning
  • apt PPA support
  • Support for other package managers
  • Support for scripted installs from source
  • Export to requirements files for various package management systems

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