Rahul Sundaram metherid at gmail.com
Thu Nov 7 18:09:19 UTC 2013


On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 12:56 PM, Florian Müllner <fmuellner at gnome.org>wrote:

> I guess the main obstacle here is that there isn't really a good
> criterion which is as clear-cut as "installs a (non-NoDisplay)
> .desktop file" => "this is a user-visible gui application" for gui
> applications - mutt certainly is a user application, sshd clearly is
> not, zsh ... maybe?

Why do you want to differentiate between Mutt and sshd?  If a user wants to
install a specific piece of software, they search for it within a gui and
if it matches, they install it and move on.  If you really need some way to
differentiate, you can have some form of tagging via fedora tagger or
appdata which you can include in more than just gui packages.

When I want some software,  say Epiphany and Mutt, if I can only use the
installer for the Epiphany but I have to use yum for Mutt, I rather just
use yum for both where I don't have to switch between two different ways of
getting it.   I don't mind the focus on gui applications but leaving out
command line tools altogether forces me to think about whether say htop
would be considered a application by the installer or not which is not the
level I want to differentiate at all.  When I search for something within
the installer and it returns nothing, is it because there is genuinely
nothing that matches what I want within the repositories or is the
installer just excluding it based on implementation level details like
desktop files and appdata?  How would I know?  It is just too complex.

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