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Re: New field in binary stanza

On Mon, Dec 24, 2007 at 06:39:22PM +0100, Stefano Zacchiroli wrote:

> Maybe the related question is: once the debian/copyright format is
> widespread enough, how can we make such an information available
> archive-wide mechanically?

Easy: apt-xapian-index.

It works like this:

 1. Define what kind of searches you want to allow people to do
 2. Define what kind of information you need to index for those searches
 3. Create a tool that collects the information you need to index and
    publishes them somewhere on the net
 4. Create a tool that downloads the data into a system and feeds it
    into apt-xapian-index, by installing a plugin in
 5. Create an interface that takes advantage of this
 6. Profit.

Debtags works in this way, although it also supports getting tags from
the packages file.

I've already worked out steps 1 to 3 for popcon information and
iterating.com package ratings, and sooner or later I intend to work on
step 4 [1].

Now, with regards to licenses, the question is whether steps 1 and 2 can
be attacked in any useful way.  I'll write a separate message about



[1] If anyone would like it sooner, I'm happy to assist them doing
GPG key: 1024D/797EBFAB 2000-12-05 Enrico Zini <enrico@debian.org>

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