Installing a Package

elba can build and install the binary targets of packages into a global directory (this directory is the bin subfolder under the folder of the global cache; under normal circumstances, this should be located at ~/.elba/bin). In order for these executables to be run from anywhere, you should this global bin folder to your PATH.

Installing a local package

To install a package which is located on-disk, simply navigate to the directory of the package and whack:

$ elba install

Doing that should rebuild the package if needed and install its binaries into the global bin folder.

Note that if a binary with the same name as one of the binaries being installed already exists, the above command will fail. If you’re absolutely sure that you want to replace the old binary, run the command again but with the --force flag. Additionally, if you only want to install certain binaries, you can use the --bin flag:

$ elba install --bin yeet # only install the binary named "yeet"

Installing a package from an index

If one or more package indices is specified in elba’s configuration, you also have the option of installing a package from one of those indices. elba install optionally takes a package spec as an argument, which consists of three parts:

  • The name of the package to install (required)
  • The resolution of the package; for the time being, this must be the resolution of an index (see Resolutions)
  • The version of the package

The following are examples of valid elba install invocations:

$ # installs the latest version of `jsmith/one` from any index it can:
$ elba install "jsmith/one"
$ # installs version 1.0.0 of `jsmith/one` from any index it can:
$ elba install "jsmith/one|1.0.0"
$ # installs the latest version of `jsmith/one` from the index specified:
$ elba install "jsmith/[email protected]+tar+"
$ # installs version 1.0.0 of `jsmith/one` from the index specified:
$ elba install "jsmith/[email protected]+tar+|1.0.0"

As with installing a local package, if you want to replace any old binaries in the global bin directory, use the --force flag, and if you want to choose which binaries to install, use the --bin flag.

Note that if a spec can apply to multiple packages at the same time (i.e. a package index wasn’t specified and multiple package indices offer a package with the same name), elba will require you to provide more info to disambiguate between the packages.

Uninstalling a package

Uninstalling a package is much the same process as installing: just pass a spec to the elba uninstall invocation. Just like with elba install, if you specify an ambiguous spec, elba will require you to qualify it further.