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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] request for slight more permissive category names

From: Tom Lord
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] request for slight more permissive category names
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 23:41:46 -0700 (PDT)

    > From: Jeremy Shaw <address@hidden>

The question underlying your question, I take from:

    > Of course, I already have to heavily mangle the version number,
    > since tla version numbers can only contain [0-9.].  I have heard
    > bantering about version aliases and other such fancies. If
    > implemented, would this allow me to use more natural category
    > names and version numbers?  I would want anyone using my archive
    > to be able to use the expressive names transparently.

Much of the new stuff I'm working on just (wildly) increases
configurability and customizability --- in that sense, it is 
likely to help quite a bit.

To be more specific would be difficult.  What operations, exactly, do
you want users to be able to perform given just a debian package name?
Note that a usefully complete answer is likely to be pretty detailed.
For example, if you want to say "check out a tree for that" --- well:
what exactly does that mean?  Does it involve building a
configuration?  Does ``a tree for that'' depend on the user's
environment (e.g., which version of the linspire platform he's
running)?  What is the user supposed to be able to do with this tree?


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