[Fedora-packaging] X-Fedora vs. X-Fedora-Extra vs. X-Fedora-Extras

Michael Schwendt bugs.michael at gmx.net
Tue Mar 8 16:25:40 UTC 2005

On Tue, 8 Mar 2005 15:28:11 +0100 (CET), Dag Wieers wrote:

> > X-Fedora-Extra or X-Fedora-Extras would mark menu entries as coming from
> > Fedora Extras and would distinguish them from manually installed ones.
> > A desktop menu editor might put such markers to good effect.
> I understand that. With meaningless I meant that I don't see good use for 
> users to distinguish a Fedora Extras and a non-Fedora-Extras package. What 
> do you think would people do with this information ? I'd like to implement 
> something that has a direct benefit, which I do not see here.

X-Red-Hat-Extra has no direct benefit either. Still it adds a special
category to menu entries, which are not considered the base distribution's
preferred/primary applications. Wether it is the default to put all menu
entries, which are not categorised as X-Red-Hat-Base, into submenus [if
implemented] or if this is done explicitly based on a special X-category,
is not the point of discussion IMO. The availability of the extra category
allows for such operations, whether implemented today or in the future.
As I tried to point out above, in a powerful menu editor, you could say
"also put Extras into the top-level menu", or "move all extras into
'More...' submenus" or "move all extras into a separate 'Extras' menu
hierarchy" to clean up overloaded menus.

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