Feedback on the package manager

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Feedback on the package manager

Postby kuive » Sun Dec 30, 2012 19:09

The package descriptions as given in equo and rigo are not very detailed at all. While this may not be an issue when you know exactly which package you want already, it makes the package manager much less useful when you are trying to find a package to accomplish a specific task.

A one line description is not enough to determine what a package does, and in many cases, it's not even enough to determine what all a package does, or does not contain.

Compare:

http://packages.sabayon.org/show/chromi ... 5,standard
with
http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/chromium-browser

or even


http://packages.sabayon.org/show/cacti, ... 5,standard
with
http://packages.debian.org/squeeze/web/cacti

The former focuses mostly on technical details that, while important, are details that the package manager mostly takes care of for me. The latter gives me immedately useful information that actually helps me make an informed decision about whether to install the package or not, without having to try it and see.

Further, in general, the search experience is really good, but the package browsing experience is lacking. In the event that you don't know exactly what you are looking for, the available tools for finding it become very awkward to use - for example, the results in rigo can't be sorted, drilling down into subcategories requires manually editing the search terms, etc.

IMHO, These are the sort of shortcomings that may be only minor friction to an experiences Gentoo or Sabayon user, but they are major pain points to a new linux user or (in my case) someone moving from another distribution.
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Re: Feedback on the package manager

Postby dave_64 » Mon Dec 31, 2012 2:20

I rarely do these kind of searches any more, but when I did, I used sulfur. I tried rigo once, but it looked quite different and I went back to sulfur (which is what you get when you click on "Entropy Store").
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Re: Feedback on the package manager

Postby lxnay » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:34

Package descriptions come from upstream ebuilds. File bugs at bugs.gentoo.org.
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Re: Feedback on the package manager

Postby kuive » Sat Jan 05, 2013 2:53

There doesn't even seem to be a place to display a longer description. Is there even a field in the ebuild for it?
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