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From: Daniel Stiefelmaier <mail@××××××××××.de>
To: gentoo-portage-dev@l.g.o
Subject: [gentoo-portage-dev] Improved user information and communication
Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2005 04:56:41
1 Hi!
3 I'd like to introduce two ideas i had to improve portage.
5 sometimes i'd like to know something more about a package before i
6 emerge it.
8 1. release notes. (for the ebuild, not the application)
9 as a release notes file exists, a parameter could be used to show the
10 most recent entry.
11 maybe this fits "eix" better than "emerge"
12 2. advanced package info
13 most important here is an explanation of the available use flags. i know
14 there is a list of most flags (
15 but it is incomplete and doesnt explain some flags well. some have
16 different behaviour in different packages.
17 some flags are self-explanatory, but some are not. for example, the
18 "xprint" comment should say, that this is not necessary to print, and
19 under what circumstances it is needed.
21 also, the advanced could provide
22 - links to howto's (like configuring apache)
23 - list packages that are of use for this (plugins or utilized apps like
24 cervisia that integrates in quanta plus)
25 - tell how to contact the ebuild maintainer
27 that led my to another idea: a wiki for all ebuilds in portage.
28 all the information could then be in the wiki, and eix/emerge just print
29 the wiki-link.
30 i'd suggest mediawiki, as it has a discussion page attached.
31 maybe the wiki itself can only be changed by developers, and feedback is
32 given on the discussion page.
34 just some ideas, maybe needing some development, i hope you find them
35 useful. :)
37 greets, Caliga
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