Linux and application installing

Arthur Pemberton pemboa at
Fri Sep 17 12:36:02 UTC 2010

On Fri, Sep 17, 2010 at 3:01 AM, FlorianFesti <ffesti at> wrote:
>  On 09/16/2010 09:05 PM, Colin Walters wrote:
>> (I don't have a strong opinion on whether the data format is RPM or
>> repodata myself; maybe just a slight preference for the latter; the
>> most important thing in my mind is to come to rough consensus and
>> working code, and actually ship something)
> It is probably easier to add that information directly to the packages.
> Rpmbuild could inspect *.desktop file and produce Provides: from it or
> add a new tag. That way there'd be a distribution independent format and
> way to retrieve this data and the Fedora infrastructure doesn't have to
> deal with the generation on its own.
> Can someone please elaborate a bit what pieces of information are really
> needed? The .desktop files as a whole?

Wouldn't that require the tool to download every package just to get
the embedded information.

Fedora 13

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