Re: Bug#624618: apt: Maybe time to modernize APT package description
Christian Perrier wrote:
> "This is Debian's next generation front-end"
> It was next generation back in the 90's. I think that now APT can just
> be a front-end to dpkg. :-)
> Maybe a good opportunity to entirely review apt's debian/control file?
> And indeed a good illustration of why we should never use "next
> generation" or "new fancy foobar" in package descriptions..:-)
See http://bugs.debian.org/458029 for my own attempt. I came up with:
Description: Debian's advanced package tool
This package provides command-line utilities for package management,
including apt-get, used for finding and fetching software upgrades,
and apt-cache, used for interrogating the package database. It depends
on dpkg as its back-end for installs, and can be used either directly
or via high-level interfaces such as aptitude.
A User's Guide is available in the package apt-doc.
I didn't think to patch the othe descriptions in the same control
file, but there's plenty that needs editing.
JBR with qualifications in linguistics, experience as a Debian
sysadmin, and probably no clue about this particular package