[packagekit] Unsupported package groups/filters
hughsient at gmail.com
Sun Sep 9 03:11:10 PDT 2007
On 09/09/2007, Andreas <tradiaz at yahoo.de> wrote:
> I'm trying to write a backend for libalpm, a library which Archlinux'
> and Frugalware's pacman is based upon.
Quality.If you send me your preferred username I'll give you commit
access to the development server.
> 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.
What sort of groups does it have for example? Is it a subset of the
group enums or whole new set? Could you list what groups enums would
be good for you?
> Filtering packages by th GUI criteria looks like a problem to me on
> almost every distro (the box backend for example simply ignores it).
Sure. I do think this is quite important, although it will prove
difficult to do.
> 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
Sure, I'm open for that. We have to stick to enumerated types, else we
have to provide support for localisation and icons and that sort of
stuff, which I really don't want to do.
> 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.
Sure, thanks for your feedback; without guys like you suggesting
changes, PackageKit will not be suitable for all the backends and thus
be a complete failure :-)
I've deliberately not set the API in stone, and won't for quite a
while. So, putting my money where my mouth is:
where s="development;installed" or "installed" or "development;installed;gui"
We can easily hook these into the backend at dlopen time, much like
how we automatically get the supported list (a fake job).
How do these sound?
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