[packagekit] Improved pkt tool
palfrey at tevp.net
Fri Sep 7 06:12:53 PDT 2007
I've been recently playing around with an improved version of the pkt
tool (see tools/pkt.py). I'd originally built it as a one-shot "I want
something to test the apt backend without needing the full graphical
interface" tool, but I've been thinking about it as a possible
replacement for my main uses of apt-get/apt-cache/etc. 99% of the time,
I just want to install a couple of programs, or find something that
might do some task, or pretty much the use-cases for PackageKit.
There are three good reasons for wanting to build a command-line tool
like this, given the existence of perfectly good graphical ones
1) I don't use the graphical apt tools (except for aptitude, which as an
ncurses-based thing, barely counts) currently, and I think even with
really good graphical tools I'd probably still mostly use the command
2) It gives us an example client that we can distribute with PackageKit
without annoying either the Gnome or KDE people.
3) It should be easy enough to build a "simple" client that can be used
as an example for builders of more complicated (possibly graphical) clients.
I've attached my local WIP version to this email to get some feedback,
and eventual target is that it handles a reasonable subset of the
apt-get/apt-cache style install/search/show/etc commands, which I'm
going to keep adding to as and when I get them working on the apt
backend. It's been renamed from "pkt.py" to just "pkt" (some random
shrinking of PackageKit, more-or-less).
Comments? This is *not* intended to replace the graphical client
programs, but as a complement to them.
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