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Re: MP3 playback in XMMS



Alan Cox wrote:
>> should have their own service, so if say, I want to search the Fedora 9
>> repo I don't have to dig through "ASPLinux" distro packages and other
>> cruft.  This should be core functionality.
> 
> I believe the assumption is that users should be clever enough to type
> the word "fedora" in the system box as the search instructions tell you.

Actually, the main search box has no such instructions, just "Search
...".  It does tell me more than I need to know about their ISP, though.

> Given that rpmfind predates the existance of things like Fedora or Ubuntu

Oldies aren't always goodies.

> and is extremely comprehensive and (if you can work a web form with
> instructions on it) can find things by distribution it seems rather odd
> to suggest Fedora should build a pointless clone of the service.

I'm not suggesting they build a clone of rpmfind.  I'm suggesting they
build an interface that's useful.  Rpmfind has many problems.  URLs like
 http://rpmfind.net//linux/RPM/fedora/10/i386/ftp-0.17-48.fc10.i386.html
are unusable compared to http://packages.debian.org/etch/ftp (or
http://packages.debian.org/etch/i386/ftp/download). Telling me the only
file in a package is called " Ù]" is not all that helpful
(http://rpmfind.net//linux/RPM/sourceforge/f/fe/fedorafrog/fedora_frog-1.0-8.0.3.i386.html)

The search by distribution interface
(http://rpmfind.net/linux/rpm2html/search.php?query=&submit=Search)
isn't on the main page and provides no drop down for avaialable distros.
     If you type something like Fedora 9, it truncates it to Fedora.

It's one thing to say no one has time/resources to build something
better now.  It's quite another to claim this is adequate.

Matt Flaschen

Matt Flaschen


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