Re: making dselect easier to use
>>>>> "s" == sacampbe <email@example.com> writes:
s: 1. More informative characters for individual package
s: selection. +-_ are not very intuitive - especially for the
I disagree. +-_ is much more intuitive for me than a couple of
letters. I'm still confused from magic letter codes which `dpkg -l'
s: 2. Make dselect hierarchical. It could be implemented similar
s: to the way lynx works: you use the arrow keys to move up and
s: down and go right to get more detailed info on the current
s: selection. The top level would be a list similar (identical
s: would be best) to the directories in the binary level of the
s: distribution, i.e. admin, base, comm, devel...
Good idea. I don't like long scrolling in dselect when I need some
e.g x11 package. But '/' search facility should remain global.
s: One other modification at the second level is that packages
s: providing the same functionality could be further grouped into
s: a third level. For example, under web, all the web browsers
s: would be in one group while the servers would be in a
s: 2nd. Possibly more fine grained than the expert wants, but this
s: is for the beginner. The expert can still just use a search at
s: the top level to jump right to a desired package.
I'm not sure whether adding third level good or not. It helps in
orientation but makes browsing more difficult.
s: Also at the top level would be an options selection. In there
s: you could set options to personalize dselect. For example you
s: could set a Silent option to let dselect silently select any
s: dependencies for you.
And option for default package order (`oO' keys) would be very nice
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