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Stating the size of ecosystems in descriptions (Was: Re: Gauche descript

From: swedebugia
Subject: Stating the size of ecosystems in descriptions (Was: Re: Gauche description)
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 03:58:37 -0800

On 2019-01-16 09:47, Pierre Neidhardt wrote:
> Hi Gabriel!
> Thanks for contributing Gauche to Guix!
> I've noticed something strange however: in the description, you mention
> --8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
> There are currently 58 packages available.
> --8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---
> Isn't it shortsighted?  If another package is added upstream, then the
> description won't match anymore.
> Why mentioning it at all?

It was my idea during review. I think it is a good idea to give the user
a hint about the number of available packages that exist in the
ecosystems/package-managers we package.

This is also valid for our python-pip-package etc. Currently this
description does not mention anything about the number available
(164,921 projects as of today).

I agree that specifying the exact number might not be a good idea for
the reason you stated. What about "More that 50 packages are currently

For pip this would be "More than 164.000 packages are currently


This enables the user to quickly get a feel of how many of the total
packages of python are currently in guix: fold-packages... prefix
python: ~1400 out of 164.000 total ~ less than 1% of the python
ecosystem is currently available in Guix thus you could help import more


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