[aur-dev] Remove category support

Hugo Osvaldo Barrera hugo at barrera.io
Fri Feb 27 20:24:10 UTC 2015

On 2015-02-27 13:56, Dustin Falgout wrote:
> Well, I think the natural place to start is the freedesktop.org spec. I
> think it makes sense to use all the main categories[1] and then choose a
> few child categories from the Additional Categories[2] defined by the spec.
> [1] http://standards.freedesktop.org/menu-spec/latest/apa.html
> [2] http://standards.freedesktop.org/menu-spec/latest/apas02.html

The big difference with those categories is that a single menu entry may have
multiple categories, which actually avoid all the "There's no appropriate
single one" issue.

On 2015-02-27 16:24, Florian Pritz wrote:
> Shouldn't such tags be in the PKGBUILD and also be available in pacman
> for searching? That said you pretty much get all those features if you
> put hashtags (like on twitter) into the description of the package.
> All that's missing then would be a tag cloud, but that's pretty simple
> to set up if the hashtag scheme was used.

I actually suggested this on aur-general, but the idea was pretty much
rejected. I'd love to see free-form tags on packages. All games would have
"games", for example, to see which games i have locally pretty fast.

On 2015-02-27 18:36, Lukas Fleischer wrote:
> Could you please provide 2-3 realistic use cases (maybe with examples on
> the production AUR database) where categories actually help with finding
> the right package? Having such examples might help with investigating
> whether tags would be a good replacement and how we can generally
> improve the search interface.

That's an excelent starting point if we're too keep categores. I'm also pretty
sure that we have clear examples were there's no single appropiate category.

Hugo Osvaldo Barrera
A: Because we read from top to bottom, left to right.
Q: Why should I start my reply below the quoted text?
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