[maemo-developers] extras: autobuilders

From: Neil Jerram neil at ossau.uklinux.net
Date: Mon Nov 12 22:16:35 EET 2007
"Tim Teulings" <rael at edge.ping.de> writes:

> Hello!
>> 6) If it doesn't already exist, an entry in the Application Catalog is
>>    automatically created, including .install file(s) for all supported
>>    OSs.
> The relevant information must be available in the source/binary package. 

Well the information for a skeleton Application Catalog entry is
already in the package, isn't it?  In order to create a bit of HTML
and a clickable .install file, all that is needed is the package name,
short and long descriptions.

>    Also I'm not sure if thats worth the effort (or at least this does 
> not have highest priority). At least I would not put screen shots into 
> my package to get the application catalog entry build automatically ;-)

Yes, definitely screenshots should not go into the package.  In that
case I guess it would be nice if the basic AppCatalog entry was
autogenerated, and could then be enhanced by hand.

There's an interesting meta-point, also.  The current existence of the
Application Catalog partly (largely?) reflects the fact that not all
3rd party apps are in extras.  Perhaps if almost all apps were in
extras, and the AppManager UI was improved to cope better with large
numbers of available packages, there wouldn't be much need for the
Application Catalog any more?


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