Here is a page by Butch Landingin at 
http://www.zope.org/Members/butchland/ZopePackProposal

He talks about the need for a Zope Pack Manager. 
Or maybe that should be Zope Package Manager? :)

It would be nice to have a single unified way of preparing apps,
products or whatever for distribution. The process be nicely automated
or provide a user interface for building the distributable. The install
process would also need to be just as painless.

Jimmie Houchin

Chris Withers wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
> Zope currently has two ways of distributing products:
> 1. Tarballs containing python products
> 2. .zexps containing methods, ZClass products and the like.
> 
> Things are now getting bad as products are emerging (PTK, Tracker, etc)
> which require both of these to get a single product working which is
> horrible :/
> 
> What is needed is a new way of installing Zope stuff for the following
> categories:
> 1. Python Base Products (Like ZPatterns, PTKBase and TrackerBase)
> 2. Instantiatable Products (like TinyTables, Squishdot and Tracker)
> 3. Interface Skins (none right now, DemoPortal is probably the closest)
> 
> Most importantly of all, collections of the above... (PTK is an example
> here, Tracker would be as well)
> 
> Does anyone have any ideas?
> 
> cheers,
> 
> Chris
> 
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