Re: Sections - especially section:kde and section:gnome
On Wed, Jan 07 2009, Joerg Jaspert wrote:
>> I don't remember using sections in over 4 years of Debian usage, though
>> I had already used GNU/Linux for a few months before I switched to
>> Debian. But I doubt even a user new to GNU/Linux would use them much.
> Everyone that uses a tool like aptitude does use them much. I guess
> similar is true for a graphical ting like synaptic and whatnot else we
As a counterpoint, I find the sections invaluable while
reviewing new packages in aptitude. I have the following configuration
When looking at new packages, I collase the libs and libdevel
(the former lists packages that will be pulled in as needed, the latter
I only pull in as I need them for development, and I know how to search
for the packages).
Doc packages are another area; I look at them on my devel box,
and usually collapse it on server boxes (no need to have duplicates on
machines where the fewer packages the better).
I alos pay more attention to the sections related to the
interpreters I use (perl/python, etc). I also like math packages being
off in their own area; I can then pay attention (or not) to these
So, classification of packages is important while browsing them.
I agree that sections are less than useful while looking for a
specific package; which is why we have search mechanisms. While
browsing, though, the sections are easy to set up in aptitude
Now, I think that if debtags were integrated into aptitude UI and
configuration, where one my set up custom views while browsing, debtags
could be a replacement. It already is a better interface for selecting
or searching for packages, but these are two different activities we
are talking about.
If we are talking about changing the aptitude interface, may I
request that there should be attention paid to the different needs of
searching/selecting versus browsing? And that browsing is still a valid
activity (because of the new packages, if nothing else), even with 10l+
packages in the archive?
A is for Apple. Hester Pryne
Manoj Srivastava <email@example.com> <http://www.debian.org/~srivasta/>
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