[packagekit] Apt backend is back

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at chello.at
Fri Dec 2 23:38:53 PST 2011

Sebastian Heinlein wrote:
> As you have perhaps already seen in the latest commits to master I
> decided to revive the Python based APT backend. The backend is ported to
> the latest python-apt API.

The obvious question here is: why?

APT is written in C++, not Python, and, while I'm not using it personally (I 
use Fedora, not anything deb-based), AFAIK, the native aptcc backend is 
working fine, so why revive the Python-based one? We have an application in 
C and a library in C++, so why go through Python?

Python backends are actually not that great for PackageKit, and in fact one 
of the reasons Richard started zif is to have a non-Python backend for 

        Kevin Kofler

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