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Re: Synchronizing descriptions with GSRC?

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Synchronizing descriptions with GSRC?
Date: Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:19:52 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.130007 (Ma Gnus v0.7) Emacs/24.3 (gnu/linux)

Hi, Brandon!

Brandon Invergo <address@hidden> skribis:

>>> Perhaps it would be best to keep all canonical package descriptions,
>>> short and long, in a single file under revision control somewhere, such
>>> as in womb.  They would then be available for anyone who needs them,
>>> should any need arise in the future and it would be easier for all
>>> involved to stay in sync.  What do you think?
>> Sounds good to me.
> OK, I've finally gotten around to moving package descriptions (long and
> short) to a file in Womb (gnumaint/pkgdescr.txt).  The file is
> recutils-compatible.  
> Currently, all of the long descriptions ("blurbs") are taken from GSRC.
> Between Karl and I, we're currently in agreement that writing/adapting
> new descriptions for all of the packages is better than straight copying
> From websites/READMEs, mainly for keeping a certain level of consistency
> (length, style, level of detail, etc.) between the descriptions.  It
> also avoids any potential copyright problem, no matter how unlikely it
> may be.  In addition to Guix and GSRC, these descriptions will also be
> used to provide descriptions for featured packages on, so they
> can't be too long.
> The file is fresh out of the oven, so there may be some changes after
> Karl reviews it.  But anyway, it's there as a starting point.

Excellent, thanks!  I’ve updated the synchronization tool in Guix to use
this file, and then I’ll update the descriptions (a bit of work for
today, but I’m glad that means less work in the longer term ;-)).

How complete is this list currently?  I see Guix is missing, for
instance.  :-)


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