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On Thu, 23 Jun 2011 01:25:57 +0000 (UTC)
Duncan <1i5t5.duncan@...> wrote:
> Umm... I believe Ciaran meant "no description" in the practical PM
> implementation rules sense, not in the general definition sense,
> which I suppose most folks here understand by now.
No, it's worse than that. Consider the following questions. Most people
will say that tags "obviously" have a particular answer for each
question, but they disagree on which answer it is...
First: how do tags relate to categories? Are they independent, a
refinement or a replacement?
Second: which of the following are tags suitable for? Searching.
Browsing just using 'ls' etc. Browsing using tools (e.g. a website or a
package manager command). Using as dependencies.
Third: are tags a property of ebuilds, of packages, of a repository, or
Fourth: do tags in any way identify a package?
Fifth: how do overlays fit in to all of this?
From the previous times we've had this discussion, I very much get the
impression that right now "we'll use tags!" is an utterly nebulous
answer to a problem that's about on par with "we'll replace all use of
oil by green technology by next week!".