Two potentially crazy ideas for Feisty

Michael Vogt mvo at
Wed Nov 1 18:43:21 GMT 2006

On Fri, Oct 27, 2006 at 07:17:21AM -0700, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 26, 2006 at 07:43:27PM -0400, Evan Dandrea wrote:
> > I'm tempted to write specifications for two ideas, but I'm not sure if
> > they would be feasible, so if any knowledgeable developer has some
> > time, I'd appreciate some input on the following:
> > 
> > Would it be feasible to maintain a database of known-to-have-issues
> > hardware, keyed against the hardware ID and used by a
> > post-installation utility that links the user up with the appropriate
> > page via a libnotify popup.
> > Also, would it be insane to use libmagic to identify what program
> > opens files that do not already have an association and use this
> > information to suggest to prompt the user to install the appropriate
> > application.  Lets say I get a Dia diagram in an email, but I don't
> > have Dia installed.  When I click on the file, a dialog tells me that
> > I do not have Dia installed and thus cannot open the diagram,
> > presenting me with a button to install it and then try to reopen the
> > file.
> That is to say, we already did this.  It doesn't seem to be working for dia,
> though.

It works for me with dia (just tested on a freshly upgraded edgy
system without dia). In what way does it not work for you? A message
that no application can be found? Or something else?


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