Re: RFC: Keywords instead of Section
Erich Schubert wrote:
> We should ask freshmeat + sourceforge if we could get a dump of their
> hierarchy structures (preferrably with some hit counts, so we can decide
> where to subdivide further etc.?)
good idea, there are probably other classification systems as well.
maybe other systems would be a good inspiration (decimal system used by
> What do you think that the first step should be?
> - Forming the keyword commitee, collecting keywords and starting to
> classify packages (i.e. writing an overrides file for apt-ftparchive?)
> - do some user interface for this? (based on aptitude, which has already
> some kind of support?)
> - pursue this discussion further and then contact debian-policy?
1 define data structures first (to hold types and keywords) xml? some
db format? IMO xml is a way to go (human readable, there are standard
2 write program(s) (or preferably (?) 2a API and 2b programs)
3 create content (types and keywords)
continue to do 3 as often as necessary. you might need to go back to 2
from time to time (rarely, bugfixes if nothing else (see a note below)).
You shouldn't have to go back to 1 ever (in reality you probably would
have to but it should be VERY rare).
changes in time:
if 1 changes: bad, you need to convert 3, and change 2
if 2 changes: no big deal, 1 and 3 do not require change
if 3 changes: this is supposed to happen, 1, 2 do not have to change
NOTE: 2 might contain a lot of independent programs - e.g. you built
it into dselect, aptitude, apt-get, have some standalone implementations