Florian Diesch diesch at spamfence.net
Mon Nov 14 04:06:53 CST 2005

On Sun, Nov 13, 2005 at 07:31:17PM +0000, Matthew East wrote:
> On Sun, 2005-11-13 at 01:25 +0100, Florian Diesch wrote:
> > On Tue, Nov 08, 2005 at 01:08:04AM +0100, Florian Diesch wrote:
> > > Are there any reasons why there's nothing like tasksel in main?
> > > IMHO tasksel is a nice thing as it
> > >  * shows newcomers what they can do with Ubuntu
> > >  * makes it easy to install the packages I need without having to search for
> > >    them
> > >  * gives me a kind of standard selection of packages. If I'm new to
> > >    something it's often hard to decide which of the many alternative
> > >    programs is a good starting point
> > 
> > 
> > No comments?
> I think gnome-app-install may be similar to what you are looking for

No. Probably I should explain what tasksel does as it seems not known that
much around here: 

>From the user's point of view tasks are something like metapackages except
that they are not in the packages list but can selected using tasksel.

>From the maintainer's point of view task are a different way to group packages
together: A task is not a package but is specified in
/usr/share/tasksel/*.desc. The packages belonging to a task are not given
directly. Instead the "Task" field of a package's control data tells the
task a package belongs to. If some packages of a task are not available
that's not an error (as tasksel doesn't know about them), they just don't
get installed (but you can tell tasksel to hide a task if some given
packages are not available).

I think tasks are interesting for maintainers, too, because a task can contain
packages spread all over main, restricted and universe but does not depend
on any of this sections beeing available.

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