Rust's simple download script

Martin Nowak via Digitalmars-d digitalmars-d at
Wed Nov 11 02:24:54 PST 2015

On 11/10/2015 12:07 AM, Andrei Alexandrescu wrote:
> Rust has a nice way to download at
> for Posix:
> $ curl -sSf | sh -s --
> The method is simple and transparent. An optional --channel=beta or
> --channel=nightly parameter chooses between a stable release (default),
> beta, or nightly build.
> Should we do something similar?
> Andrei

Yes, such an installer would be helpful and I already wrote it twice.

This would be fairly simple to adopt (choosing a good default install
location, e.g. ~/.dlang) and can already install the latest dmd, gdc,
ldc, any specific dmd-2.068.2, ldc-0.16.1-alpha1 version, and dub.

This does not replace a good package installer, but is great for simply
downloading and testing without doing a system wide installation.
For the necessary env changes we could adopt something like virtualenv's
activate/deactive, i.e. `source ~/.dlang/dmd-2.069.0/activate` to use
dmd-2.069.0. And of course we can activate the env after the download.

Disclaimer: I did not just volunteer to write the script but I'm glad to
help anyone doing so.

More information about the Digitalmars-d mailing list