[packagekit] Cross-distro package mapping and matching?
mmcgrath at redhat.com
Sun Jun 7 09:24:02 PDT 2009
On Sun, 7 Jun 2009, Sebastian Pipping wrote:
> Mike McGrath wrote:
> >> I am working on extending Smolt  (basic hardware tracker, think
> >> "what soundcard do I run") into a software tracker (think "what
> >> software do I have installed") suitable for the needs of Gentoo under
> >> the umbrella of Google Summer of Code 2009. This goal will extend to
> >> cross-distro software tracking in the long run, maybe even the
> >> short run.
> > Have you solved the performance issue?
> Which one are you referring to?
The ones mentioned in our first emails together. By tracking software
you're going to increase the size of the database by 2 orders of
magnitude. Give me a sample schema that you plan to use and I'll populate
it with example data and send it your way to show you what I'm talking
> > After all, what is in one git package in one
> > distro might not match exactly the package in another distro. Fedora
> > packages each nagios-plugin seperately and I don't think any other distros
> > do that. I suspect there are hundreds of examples like this.
> Correct, I'm aware of that. I agree it results in more work on the
> maintenance side.
> > And at the
> > end of the day, unless you check every package pretty regularly, they'll
> > get out of sync anyway as package names can change.
> True, the map used by such a project is changing all the time.
> This is a point where maintenance tools can help a lot, e.g.
> think of a tool sending out diff e-mails about relevant changes
> to the package tree of distro X.
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