libCurl wrapper using LiveCode Builder [was: Re: SFTP support]

Peter TB Brett peter.brett at
Wed Aug 19 22:32:14 CEST 2015

On 2015-08-19 21:53, Lyn Teyla wrote:

> If a libCurl wrapper using LCB is in development, wouldn't the above
> be a non-issue? That is, adding SFTP (or any other libCurl-supported
> protocol) shouldn't need to involve writing and testing a lot of new,
> security-critical code, since libCurl has already taken care of that?
> Or am I missing something?

It's not "in development".  I started it (i.e. I wrote about 100 lines 
of code and opened a massive can of worms in the process).  Then I 
stopped and found a different solution.

There's a *lot* of research and development still to do before we can 
produce a generally-useful LCB URL library based on libcurl.  That 
doesn't mean that we don't want to do it, or that we don't think it's 
worth doing!  It *does* mean that, if we're talking about an 
internally-funded project, we're much more likely to be able to provide 
a Business-only SFTP extension than do a big refactor around LCB and 
libcurl.  This is just the reality of the resources available.

On the other hand, if there was external funding for such a project...


Dr Peter Brett <peter.brett at>
LiveCode Engine Development Team

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