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Bug#144046: general: Sections are not finely grained

Package: general
Version: N/A; reported 2002-04-22
Severity: important

The current sections layout in Debian is mostly useless due to
the large size of the package database (in woody +- 9000, in potato
+- 4500). This is due to sections not being refined enough (we have not
changed them in the last four years IIRC), thus any package administration
interface is useless for browsing packages since there are too many
packages per section.

As a suggestion, I would use the layout used by either the current Menu
system, the GNOME or KDE proyect for the layout of applications together
with some of our "special" sections (base).

Some samples of how sections could be divided:

 admin - system, configuration,  package system, security, accounting (logs)
 comm - modem, fax, 
 devel - languages, libraries, compiler, kernel-source
 doc - convertors, guides, manpages, admin-doc, devel-doc, games-doc,...
 editors - emacs, 
 games - adventure, arcade, board, tetris, simulation
 graphics - themes, video, diagrams, postscript/pdf, viewers,
 interpreters - perl, tcltk, python, 
 mail - client, server, transport
 math - spreadsheet, calculator
 net - http, ftp, news, telnet, irc, utils, samba, ppp, printer, firewall,
nfs, dns, finger, proxies
 news -> should be moved to net
 science - astronomy, biology, chemistry
 sound - drivers, players, midi, 

-- System Information
Debian Release: 3.0
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux avalon 2.4.18 #1 SMP mié abr 3 12:47:49 CEST 2002 i686
Locale: LANG=spanish, LC_CTYPE=spanish

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