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Re: RFC: Description text in packages

On Mon, 15 Dec 2008, Christopher Stone wrote:

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 9:42 AM, Richard W.M. Jones <rjones redhat com> wrote:
On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 08:34:33AM -0800, Christopher Stone wrote:
Putting feature lists in descriptions is stupid.  Obviously, you would
have to update the description after each release which is stupid.  It
is most likely that feature lists in descriptions are simply cut &
paste jobs from an upstream web site which is stupid.

I happen to think that it's reasonable to do this in some
circumstances -- where the upstream website author has written a good,
concise description of the package, and is clearly more familiar with
the package than the Fedora maintainer.  And in any case, what is
wrong with feature lists (even if they need to be updated)?  If
someone has gone to the effort of doing 'yum info package' then it's
quite likely they're interested in the features of that package.


So, why not just go to the upstream website?  Spec file descriptions
are not the place to look for feature lists...

Well, to be fair - 'yum search' does search description. So there are two ways of looking at this:

1. we can overload description with keywords, etc and then yum search can find them there. :( 2. we can work on the keyword additional metadata I talked about a month or so ago here.


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