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Re: rpm groups and fedora: a modest proposal

On Tue, May 25, 2004 at 09:55:24PM -0400, Elliot Lee wrote:
> Well, for the packages in fedora core, the 'Group:' field will need to
> remain, since we use it for things like sorting debuginfo packages into
> separate dirs and such. It is also useful for quick 'what does this
> package do' ponderings when looking at rpm -qip output.

But what's the good of sorting them into separate dirs by vague and
ill-fitting categories? If it's a matter of keeping directory size down,
grouping by first letter would be better. Or, do it via comps.xml groups
(with a big "other" category for everything else). Or use some other more
meaningful test.

The same complaint goes for the -qip argument -- a category like "System
Environment/Base" doesn't tell you much about what ScrollKeeper does, or
"Applications/Internet" much about openssh-askpass. And "System
Environment/Daemons" for procmail??? You'll get much more useful (and
quicker) information by looking at the Summary.

Matthew Miller           mattdm mattdm org        <http://www.mattdm.org/>
Boston University Linux      ------>                <http://linux.bu.edu/>

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