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Re: [Synaptic-devel] Suggestion : display package recommandations

From: Michael Vogt
Subject: Re: [Synaptic-devel] Suggestion : display package recommandations
Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2004 12:24:26 +0200
User-agent: Mutt/


sorry for my late reply.

On Tue, Apr 13, 2004 at 08:08:40PM -0400, Guillaume Pratte wrote:
> I have a feature I would like to suggest / request for Synaptic : the ability 
> to display and handle packages'  "Recommends:" field.
> For instance, installing ark would bring a dialog that suggests the 
> installation of arj, ncompress, rar, unzip, zip and zoo, if not already 
> present on the system. 

There is a open debian wishist bug that also requests this feature
IIRC. I like the idea. It's just a man-power problem :) We already
have the RGChangesWindow class that does partly what you want. We
would have to extend it in a way so that it displays debian
suggests/recommends as well. 

> If Synaptic's developers are interested to implement this feature I am 
> willing 
> to help out with the UI design by posting on this is list and maybe tweaking 
> with the .glade files. That's the most I can do with the spare time I've got.

Well, you can have a look at the gtk/ dialog as a
starting point. We could make it look like this:

| !  Mark required changes    |
|        <changes>            |
| Additional interessting pks |
| Recommends: foo        [ ]  |
| Suggests: bar          [ ]  |
|              |Cancel|  |Ok| |

> By the way I really like Tom Kelly's idea to link to the changelog of the 
> package, like the new is doing. The content of the 
> changelog could be downloaded into a new tab between « Installed Files » and 
> « Expert » in the Package Control view, for instance.

I coded this feature in the latest 0.48 branch in our svn. If you are
interessted in testing it, please check out:

(svn co

thanks for your feedback!

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