[maemo-users] Can't find repository

From: Marius Gedminas marius at pov.lt
Date: Mon Jun 30 21:53:41 EEST 2008
On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 09:06:29PM +0300, Marius Vollmer wrote:
> "ext Marius Gedminas" <marius at pov.lt> writes:
> > Speaking of non-UI programs listed in the Application Manager, how can
> > we solve the current problem of having tens of pidgin/canola/gcompris
> > plugins/themes/translations cluttering up the list?
> Good question.  We have been pondering this a bit.
> > I think a collapsible tree (with two levels only) would work.  If there
> > is a package $foo, and several packages named $foo-$bar, group them
> > under $foo.
> What about using the Recommends and Suggests fields of a package for
> this?

I don't think that would work.  It puts too much on the shoulders of the
packagers, and has nonintuitive consequences when porting Debian
packages that already have Recommends/Suggests.

E.g. if a random package just happens to have Recommends: wget, I
wouldn't want wget to be hidden from the top-level installable package

> When installing a package, the user could get a dialog where s/he can
> select which additional packages to install.  The dialog would list all
> recommended and suggested packages, and the recommended ones would be
> pre-selected.

I think currently when a user selects a package to install, she already
gets too many extra dialogs.

> One open questions with this is: how can the user get back to this
> dialog after installing a package?  E.g., you might want to change the
> set of Pidgin plugins later on.

Hm.  Show the top-level package (say, canola) iff there are any
subpackages that aren't yet installed.  The 'Install' button would then be
disabled if you select the already-installed package.

Marius Gedminas
Seen on a button at an SF Convention:
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