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#1 2007-06-18 19:48:45

Lord_Bad
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A question about package categories

I want to ask one question - when you browse the packages in the repos from the arch linux site you can see that each package belongs to some category - base, editor, etc. But there is no such info anywhere in the packages themselves(as far as I'm aware). So where does this information come from? In it in some DB local to the web site or I am missing something?

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#2 2007-06-18 23:16:34

shining
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Re: A question about package categories

I believe these category only exist in the PKGBUILD tree from the cvs repo here :
http://cvs.archlinux.org/cgi-bin/viewcv … NT#dirlist

That's also the cvs repo used by abs for getting all the PKGBUILD.


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#3 2007-06-19 07:23:03

Lord_Bad
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Re: A question about package categories

Wouldn't it be wise if the category information was added to each package's .PKGINFO file? That way clients could search for or in package categories and the capabilities of GUI front-ends could enhanced a great deal. As a matter of fact why was this possibility ever considered and if so why was the idea dropped?

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#4 2007-06-19 17:57:59

phrakture
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Re: A question about package categories

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#5 2007-06-20 11:22:05

Lord_Bad
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Re: A question about package categories

Yep, that's it. I hope you find the time to implement it soon.

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#6 2008-05-31 15:28:23

ConnorBehan
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Re: A question about package categories

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Oh is that why the Category column has been replaced with the near useless "Arch" column? Will the Category column return once pacman is made to keep track of this information in the database? I sure hope so, the "Arch" column is only useful for a small handful of packages like flash player (so people can know its i686 only) or lib32 (so people can know its x86_64 only). Because the vast majority of packages are available for both and everyone already knows this.
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#7 2008-05-31 17:34:35

tigrmesh
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Re: A question about package categories

ConnorBehan wrote:

<thread necromancy>
Oh is that why the Category column has been replaced with the near useless "Arch" column? Will the Category column return once pacman is made to keep track of this information in the database?
*snip*
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Arch devs started using SVN instead of CVS for the package database a few weeks ago.  The version control system is now more modern, but the Category feature was lost.

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