Providing more information to users about a package

Santiago M. Mola cooldwind at
Sat May 24 17:14:44 PDT 2008

On Sat, May 24, 2008 at 8:47 PM, Nirbheek Chauhan
<nirbheek.chauhan at> wrote:
> Gentoo has supported storing (in ebuilds) and displaying (while
> searching for a package) a project's homepage for a while now, and the
> way the ebuild format is structured, adding a "GUIDE" or similar
> variable should be easy enough to implement (as one way of storing
> this information). OTOH, there is also a metadata.xml for each
> package, which might be a better candidate for storing this kind of
> information.

Gentoo has recently approved a way to store upstream information in
metadata.xml. This includes ChangeLog URI, Bugtracker, documentation,
"remote-id" (SourceForge, Freshmeat, IDs, etc), upstream contact, and

If someone's interested in Gentoo's approach, here's the specification:

Santiago M. Mola
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