[packagekit] Status of the APT backend
sebi at glatzor.de
Tue Feb 19 23:40:48 PST 2008
Zitat von Josselin Mouette <joss at debian.org>:
> I?d like to give a hand with the implementation of the APT backend. So
> first, I need to know which repository I should look at: the freedesktop
> one or git.glatzor.de? Which of those two does the status map in the FAQ
> describe? (And is there a reason for them not to be merged yet?)
The apt backend will be obsolete in the near future. I used the apt
backend as a starting point and "ported" some parts to a dbus based
backend. It is named apt2 and was moved to the main line recently.
Sorry, I have to say this, but we will need to rewrite large parts of
the old apt backend.
> One of the things that will hit us if not implemented correctly is, of
> course, debconf. The FAQ says wrong things about user interaction, as
> these problems are solved in Debian: the user can select a priority
> level of questions (meaning by default most questions are not shown),
> and the questions are translated.
Right, the FAQ at packagekit.org seems to be a bit out of date and not
very correct in some points.
We discussed some of the issues at http://wiki.debian.org/PackageKit
(the site hasn't been updated for quite some time).
Would you like to sponsor my packages to Debian? Mvo seems quite busy
currently. The packaging is hosted at Launchpad:
> Debconf already has a GNOME frontend, but given the architecture of
> PackageKit, I guess a new D-BUS frontend should be created for the
> daemon to talk to, and gnome-packagekit could then use the GNOME
> frontend to actually ask the questions. How do you think this should be
We need to show the debconf question to install software that comes
with special licences requirements, e.g. flash or sun java.
In the long run I would like to integrate the xapian work of Enrico to
provide fast and enriched search methods (including tags, automatic
sorting by popcon/relevance).
Furthermore I would like to move much of the logic to python-apt e.g.
the changelog loader or the description "renderer".
You will be at FosDem?
P.S. When will we see updated hotwire packages? :)
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