[packagekit] GNOME summit and more about GPG keys

Robin Norwood rnorwood at redhat.com
Wed Oct 10 08:13:37 PDT 2007

David Zeuthen <david at fubar.dk> writes:

> On Tue, 2007-10-09 at 21:11 -0400, Robin Norwood wrote:
>> Hi,
>> So, I gave a little demo of PackageKit at the GNOME summit on Monday.
>> It went well.  Nothing crashed.  :-)  There were some good questions and
>> comments afterwards.  The response seemed positive to me.  There was a
>> bit of a discussion about "How applications can install plugins with
>> PackageKit".  For instance, gimp plugins and gstreamer codecs.  To be
>> able to do this, we should probably have simple python and C bindings to
>> install things with a semantic of "give me a package which provides
>> 'x'".  The bindings we have now are pretty close, and maybe just example
>> code needs to be easily available.
> I would recommend exposing such services on the *session* message bus so
> all I'd have to do in e.g. Totem or the Gimp or whatever would be to
> (this is python):
>  bus = dbus.Bus(dbus.Bus.TYPE_SESSION)
>  installer = dbus.Interface(bus.get_object("org.fd.PkgKit",
>                                            "/"),
>                                            "org.fd.PkgKit.Installer")
>  installer.InstallCodecs(["audio/mpeg" , "audio/wma9"])
> or if I'm a hardware application I'd use modalias
>  installer.InstallDriversForDevices([
>    "usb:v413Cp8103d2422dcE0dsc01dp01icE0isc01ip01",
>    "pci:v00008086d000027D8sv00001028sd000001C8bc04sc03i00"])
> and so on. The UI stuff in the program providing the org.fd.PkgKit
> service will drive the installation with either native GNOME or KDE or
> whatever UI.

Interesting.  We'd still need a (backend specific?) way to convert the
above strings into the actual packages the user needs.



Robin Norwood
Red Hat, Inc.

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