[Pkg-xfce-devel] RFC: bringing back task packages
andreas at an3as.eu
Fri Feb 18 13:49:08 UTC 2011
[Not sure whether we should keep the long To: - list, I'd suggest
continuing on debian-devel but keep it for the moment.]
On Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 07:20:30PM -0400, Joey Hess wrote:
> A long time ago, tasksel installed task packages, which were regular
> metapackages. This was dropped because the task packages had to Depend
> on many packages, which made the installed system brittle, and made
> testing propigation a problem. Now that Recommends are installed by
> default, I'm revisiting the idea of using task packages. It solves
> many issues and inconsistencies with tasksel vs the rest of Debian.
If I understand the consequences of the statement correctly I welcome
this step very much.
> ### blends
> I think there is interest in getting some blends displayed in Taskel?
> It's mostly orthagonal to this proposal, but this would help with
> giving you full control over what your tasks do. I do feel that blends
> need to be listed below the other tasks in tasksel, and probably with
> a divider between them.
This would be an acceptable approach.
> Also, we have been careful to only have ten
> tasks, to avoid overloading the user; and there is a limit to the length
> of the list before it begins scrolling, so the d-i team would have to
> look at the UI before adding Blends to the interface.
The requirement for a limited set of tasks to provide a good overview is
reasonable but has two flavours: On one hand it restricts the number of
Blends we can include into the list and on the other hand it might have
an influence on the number of "tasks" we are maintaining inside each
Blend which exceeds 10 drastically at least for three Blends (the most
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