[packagekit] Semantic issues with GetDeps (and other interface functions)

Patryk Zawadzki patrys at pld-linux.org
Tue Sep 4 01:51:13 PDT 2007

On 9/4/07, Richard Hughes <hughsient at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 04/09/07, Travis Willard <travis at archlinux.org> wrote:
> > if software needs to be configured, software needs to change" won't help
> Upstream software doesn't put questions in the packaging spec file, it
> usually ships a good working example config file.

Which doesn't do what the user wants ;)

> > I see no harm in log messages, so long as it's done in a way that
> > doesn't pester the user.
> If it's a message "You need to configure jabber before it will accept
> incoming clients" then I agree it's a good thing. Asking a question
> "Enable SELinux?, [yes] [no]" isn't what we want at all.

No no no. We never ship interactive installations but sometimes
packages output useful information (like mysql tells you how to create
your admin user and pick a password for logrotate - shipping any
default is not safe).

About optional dependencies: I know the main target of PackageKit is
not powerusers. I mean targetting average Jane in the street certainly
doesn't have to cross powerusers out. Just add an option "ask me for
optional dependencies" and it'll be A-ok.

Patryk Zawadzki
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