Vinstall is an application toolkit for the Vector installer, implementing a MVCish framework. Currently a work in progress.



An application written using vinstall usually consists in just a set of controller classes, implementing a required interface. Each controller class represent a state in the application and they have the following responsibilities:

  • Defining the next controller class
  • Defining the previous controller class
  • Defining the information that will be rendered in the screen
  • Reacting to user input

The first two are accomplished by defining the next() and previous() methods. The third is accomplished by implementing the render() method which needs to return a Render object (see example). The final responsibility can be implemented by providing a process() or a command() method (or both.) The first one will be executed after user input is processed (usually after user clicks on "next", this of course depends on how you write your views). The last one is scheduled for execution after all the controllers are processed. A controller class could look like this:

from vinstall.core.render import Render
import vinstall.core.model as model

class MyController(object):
    """A controller

    def render(self):
        """A method returning a Render instance.
        The first to args of the Render's constructor are a title
        and an intro text. The rest of the arguments are model objects
        The BooleanOption will be rendered as a checkbox. A few model
        objects representing common form elements are provided by the
        vinstall.core.model module.

        return Render("Hello world", "This is the intro",
               model.BooleanOption("This is a boolean option")

    def next(self):
        """Return the next controller class. If this returns None, we
        assume it is the end of the application.

        return None

    def previous(self):
        """Return the previous controller class.

        return TheFirstController

    def command(self, boolean):
        """The signature matches the number of model objects in the
        render method. This will be executed later.

        if boolean:

The Application object

Finally, you just need to start you app by creating an Application instance, passing the first controller class (first as in the one representing the initial state of your app) and the name of a view module as a string. There are two views defined for the provided model objects, "urwid" and "gtk". You can start the app using the run method:

app = Application("urwid", MyFirstController)

This should be all you need to know for writting a simple app.


Run python install. Depending on the view modules you want to use, you will need to install urwid or gtk plus the required stuff for the backend module. Once the dependencies are clarified this will be improved.