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Re: How important is comps.xml to us these days? Which packages should be in comps.xml and which not?

On 21.09.2008 18:36, Dennis Gilmore wrote:
On Saturday 20 September 2008 01:36:25 pm Thorsten Leemhuis wrote:
I recently created comps.xml files for RPM Fusion. During that a few
things around comps.xml got discussed on the RPM Fusion lists(¹).
That and a recent change (²) to
made me wonder:
How important is comps.xml to us these days?

(Note that I mean Fedora and RPM Fusion with "us" here, as RPM Fusion
for things like this just follows the Fedora guidelines)

Comps.xml is afaics mainly used in anaconda (and thus indirectly in
tools like pungi that rely on anaconda) and yum (if you know what to do)
these days; PackageKit afaics doesn't use it much (or does it use
comps.xml at all? Will that change?); it just lists everything it finds
afaics (correct me if I'm wrong, I'm not using PackageKit much and just
use yum directly).

Seems you didn't get what I was up to. Sorry, my fault. Let me try again.

comps.xml is used by yum when doing group functions also so "yum groupinstall xfce-desktop" gets that group info from the comps file.


its still pretty vital.

Sure. But it afaics could be a whole lot more "vital" if all packagers would use it and would use it in the same way.

and to get the highest visability to your package you should be entering it.

Sure. But if you read my mail up to the end you will notice that a good bunch of packagers don't care and don't add their packages to comps. I want to know if we in Fedora (the project/the distribution) should work towards fixing that. That implies a proper policy (which is not really clear right now), fixing the current mess where round about one/third of our packages (or even more; depends on the way you count) are missing in comps.xml and making sure all apps present the data from comps in a similar way.


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