Feedback Request for Prototype Package Tool

William Tracy afishionado at
Sun Aug 5 20:28:20 UTC 2007

On 8/5/07, Sebastian Heinlein <glatzor at> wrote:
> gnome-app-install allows you to point it to a different set of
> application data.
> There is already an add button in software-properties (Software
> Sources). It would be better to improve this one instead of
> introducing a new application.

This makes sense.

> Perhaps the other way round would make more sense. You could add
> .desktop files and a channel file to the app-install-data. Afterwards
> the user would see the new applications in gnome-app-install. If he
> chooses to install the software the repository will be enabled and the
> key installed. All this functionality is already in place.

Hm, interesting. I should play with this. :-)

> In which way do you solve these issues?

It doesn't install anything just because the .apt file tells it to.
Some of the concerns involved the user being tricked into installing
packages they didn't want, or getting the user to install software
known to have security holes from an already trusted source.

None of those were really the main concerns with the program, though.

William Tracy
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