[packagekit] Unsupported package groups/filters

Andreas tradiaz at yahoo.de
Sat Sep 8 16:31:27 PDT 2007

I'm trying to write a backend for libalpm, a library which Archlinux'
and Frugalware's pacman is based upon.
Archlinux (like many other distros) puts all headers and other
development stuff in the same packages as the actual binaries. So no
-devel packages there - (~)development filter.
It also has package groups different to those used by PackageKit.
Filtering packages by th GUI criteria looks like a problem to me on
almost every distro (the box backend for example simply ignores it).
I think it'd be better to let the backend specify which groups/filters
it provides. The backends could pick their groups out of a number of
enums. I know you want to be compatible with .desktop file groups, but
lots of distros just don't support this, including some of the most
Appreciating your work a lot I think this project is a step ahead and I
hope you can find a way to make it
suitable for every popular package manager out there.


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