So I had a thought the other week…

So I had a thought the other week.

How feasible would it be / would there be any interest in running an OpenGrok install for WordPress plugins? Perhaps at something like The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization.

It would make it a lot simpler to check for namespace conflicts with plugins, compatability questions, find usage details for APIs and filters, and it would save a goodly amount of time and hard disk space for anyone currently using @markjaquith‘s WordPress Plugin Directory Slurper (which eats over 4 gigs, takes hours to install, is a nuisance to keep updated, and takes forever to ack/grep through) (but is still far better than any current alternative).

The biggest difficulty that I can see is narrowing it down to scanning only the active branch, since some plugins keep an empty trunk folder, with just a readme.txt to point to the currently released branch. Unless it just scans an install of the slurper being run on an wporg server.

#ack, #grep, #opengrok