[packagekit] Unsupported package groups/filters

Tim Lauridsen tla at rasmil.dk
Sat Sep 8 23:11:41 PDT 2007

Andreas wrote:
> Hi,
> 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
> popular.
It sound like a good ideas to add something like get_group, to let the 
backend defind the groups available groups.
yum work with categories and groups defined in comps.xml file and there 
is also groups defined in the RPMs.
None of these map well into the .desktop file groups.
> 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.
> Regards,
> 	Andreas
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