[packagekit] Implementation of searchFiles in APT backend

Jean Hubbard jean_p57 at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 22 20:22:26 PDT 2009

It would make more sense to use the APTCC backend.

> Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 20:18:12 +0200
> From: matthias at nlinux.org
> To: packagekit at lists.freedesktop.org
> Subject: [packagekit] Implementation of searchFiles in APT backend
> Hello!
> I'm the author of the Listaller toolset. [1]
> This project uses PackageKit to communicate with the package management
> system of the current distribution. It is essential for us to use
> searchFile for not installed packages, so we can find the required packages
> for a binary or script.
> Unfortunately this function needs extra-data on Debian based distros (I
> asked this some time ago [2]).
> So I included an apt-file based workaround to our PackageKit interface, so
> it now works. But I would like to see those option in PackageKit too,
> because I don't like this hack.
> I am not a very experienced Python programmer (I do not really like
> Python), but I can program in C++. Would it be accepted if I build a patch
> for the APT-Backend which uses the apt-file tool do detect the dependency,
> if apt-file is present? Or should I better add the function directly to a
> backend? (Apt-file is written in Perl, I never wrote any line in Perl)
> (This would require a flag to activate download of apt-files's extra data)
> Which backend is the "best" at time? We have the APT-Python backend and
> APTCC. Last time I heard that APTCC will implement the changes made on
> Debian's debconf very fast, also there is active development on this
> backend. But APT is default on Kubuntu...
> I hope you can help me with my questions!
> Regards
>  Matthias
> -------
> [1]: Listaller is an application management & install suite focused on
> applications, not on packages like PackageKit.
> The goal of this project is not make software management on Linux as easy
> as on MacOS-X and cross-distribution. (look at Ubuntu: They invented
> AppCenter, which only runs on Ubuntu/Debian)
> [2]:
> http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/packagekit/2009-August/005277.html
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