[maemo-developers] Software categories (was do we need garage sandbox repos?)

From: Neil MacLeod gmane at nmacleod.com
Date: Mon Aug 13 19:17:41 EEST 2007
Guillem Jover wrote:
> Hi,
> On Mon, 2007-08-13 at 15:32:01 +0300, Eero Tamminen wrote:
> There's no cli section in Debian. But anyway, what you did is incorrect,
> as the Section from the '.deb' packages is not the authoritative
> source. The Section:s are overriden on the archive, so you should check
> from the Package metaindex files. «apt-cache show» is your friend.

$ apt-cache show ncurses-bin | grep -i cli
Section: user/cli

Any other suggestions as to how Application Manager is determining what applications appear within each "button" in the "Browse Installable applications" page?

ncurses-bin appears within the "cli" button, therefore the Application Manager must be grouping applications based on the "Section" tag as there seems to be no other choice.

Perhaps if someone can identify the method currently being used by the Application Manager to group applications it can cut down on the guesswork, and give us a base from which to move forward.

> I don't think there's any mapping. And I don't think there should be
> much effort spent on this, tagging on the other hand might be more
> useful.

So it looks like we have two issues:

1. What tagging method should be used to categorise maemo debs (one for the developers and Maemo/App Manager maintainer to agree upon, and one which could "break" existing debs if a new method is chosen)

2. What authoritative categories/sections should be used

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