Subject: Re: Some package moves and new categories
To: Julio M. Merino Vidal <>
From: Thomas Klausner <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 03/24/2005 23:08:44
On Sun, Mar 20, 2005 at 03:51:38PM +0100, Julio M. Merino Vidal wrote:
> - gtksourceview, which actually lives in x11, could be placed in
>   editors.  This is a text editor widget for GTK.

So far, the editors category only contains editors, and not supporting
libraries. Perhaps we should collect those there too. Any other libraries
that fall in that category?

> - libwnck is actually in devel, but could be in wm.  This is a library
>   to easily create pagers and tasklisks (IOW, to communicate with the
>   running window manager).

Similar to gtksourceview. Any other you think should go there?

> - zenity lives in x11; it is a dialog-like program but using GNOME
>   widgets.  I think it'd be better placed in misc, just as dialog is.

Ok, why not.

> - bug-buddy is used to report bugs in multiple programs.  It's actually
>   in the net category, which makes no sense to me (apart from "sending
>   bug reports through the network").  This could go into devel (as in
>   "a tool to aid developers by sending bug reports") or misc.

gnats is in databases. Not that I think it fits there...

> - pango is a text-rendering library.  It's actually in devel, but fonts
>   makes more sense (together with Xft2 and fontconfig).

Yes, please.

> - freetype* is a font-rendering library and is living in graphics.  It
>   would be better placed in fonts, just like pango would be (as said
>   above).

Yes, please.

> - GConf* are under devel, but according to their description: "GConf is
>   a configuration database system, functionally similar to the Windows
>   registry but lots better".  Isn't it calling for sysutils?

Hm, not quite sure. Compare it with amanda, which already is in sysutils...

> - nss and nspr were added recently into devel, but they should be in
>   security, just as openssl or gnutls.


> Aside these moves, I think we'd add some more categories to rearrange
> things a bit better, and cleanup the existing ones.  Many programs are
> put in a "best-fit-in-what-we-already-have" category, although it
> doesn't really match their functionality.  So here are some proposals:
> - accessibility: Holding accessibility programs and libraries.  Some
>   candidates include gok, gnome-mag, gnopernicus, atk, gail and
>   libgail-gnome.

If you get about 10 package together for this, I agree.
Categories with less packages can be collected in misc for now
(or wherever they currently are).

> - themes: A place to put all these packages providing themes for
>   multiple applications (be it GNOME, XMMS, KDE, GTK or whatever).
>   Putting them under x11 (or even wm) is ugly (and we already have a
>   bunch there).  Given that we will keep adding theme packages, it'd be
>   better if they were easy to find and correctly classified in a
>   centralized place.

Which packages would you move there?