[swift-build-dev] Namespacing SPM modules (was Re: [swift-dev] Right list?)

Max Howell max.howell at apple.com
Mon Feb 29 16:08:10 CST 2016

>> Consider the case where Erica has packages SwiftString, HTMLString, PGString, IBMString… These modules all have somewhat different dependencies — so you would not necessarily want to download and build all of them — but they do form a coherent whole under EricaString. Would this proposal allow for names like EricaString.Swift, EricaString.HTML and EricaString.IBM
> In the current system a package can contain multiple modules. But a module cannot have submodules.
> Does that allow us to refer to the names of modules qualified by their package name? It seems weird to not have hierarchical names for packages/modules (though I recognize these are not really the same thing, many languages/systems conflate the package namespace with the module namespace).

The current system does not allow Package name to be used as a namespace, unless it is a package of one module and that module uses the same name as the Package.

Not that I’m saying this wouldn’t be a good thing.
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