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package-chooser not debian/dep11 compatible #1212

apachelogger opened this issue Aug 9, 2019 · 3 comments


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commented Aug 9, 2019

Describe the bug
The package-chooser expects

# For data provided by AppData XML: the item has an *appdata*
# key which points to an AppData XML file in the local filesystem.

this is not a thing on Debian(-derived) systems where a yaml representation known as dep11 is used instead of unpacked xml files. The appstream cache contains the only "unpacked" data stream.

To Reproduce
Steps to reproduce the behavior:

  1. try to find the xml file of an appstream component on a debian system

Expected behavior
Just use appstream. e.g. appstreamcli dump org.kde.krita.desktop if you don't want to use the libraries.

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$ file /var/lib/app-info/yaml/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_bionic_main_dep11_Components-amd64.yml.gz 
/var/lib/app-info/yaml/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_bionic_main_dep11_Components-amd64.yml.gz: symbolic link to /var/lib/apt/lists/archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_bionic_main_dep11_Components-amd64.yml.g

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commented Aug 9, 2019

Well, you can still write the package-chooser data directly to the YAML package-chooser.conf, using AppData XML is optional.


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commented Aug 19, 2019

The AppStream data is annoying to work with because (also):

  • translations are difficult to load
  • most screenshots are going to be remote URLs

But there's a branch issue-1212 for adding the option at least of using appstream: as a key in the configuration and getting some data from that.

adriaandegroot added a commit that referenced this issue Aug 20, 2019

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commented Aug 20, 2019

Closing this one, although I'm still following up for remote URLs in screenshots. The AppStream data is loaded (just once) if you use an appstream: entry in the config file, and uses the upstream description as-is.

@adriaandegroot adriaandegroot added this to the v3.2.13 milestone Aug 30, 2019

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