[packagekit] A new update viewer

Tim Lauridsen tim.lauridsen at googlemail.com
Wed Mar 4 01:40:35 PST 2009

Richard Hughes wrote:
> On Mon, 2009-03-02 at 15:43 +0000, James Westby wrote:
>> On Mon, 2009-03-02 at 14:49 +0000, Richard Hughes wrote:

>> On a similar note, does there need to be an icon for each package 
>> explaining what stage that update is at? It seems to me that just
>> having the progress bar would be good enough. I assume the progress
>> is per-stage though. While the icon suggests that there are multiple
>> stages to go through, it doesn't give a clue as to how many stages there
>> are going to be, so it doesn't give much benefit in that respect.
> Yes, it's because package systems suck. Most do this:
> download a
> download b
> download c
> install a
> install c
> install b
> cleanup c
> cleanup b
> cleanup a

No, this is now it is supposed to work, when packages has dependencies on other packages.
This is not designed to make GUI designers happy :)

> When in an ideal world (from a GUI point of view) they would do:
> download a, install a, cleanup a
> download b, install b, cleanup b
> download c, install c, cleanup c

I think that progressbar on each package in the view is a bad idea IMHO, i don't looks good (And don't blame it on the 
package system :) )

Having a 'status' icon for each package is fine, but if you want a progress for the current package process, then have 2
progress bar in the bottom, one for the current package and one for the total progress.


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