Awn

Comment 10 for bug 160375

moonbeam (rcryderman) wrote :

"That's not what I meant. I meant in general that awn will be, as time goes on, more and more often installed by package manager, by apt:// urls, or from rpm and deb sites, but not by our wiki. I don't propose anything special about ubuntu. It applies equally well to anyone on fedora or suse or debian or slackware or whatever other distro decides that AWN is ready for their repo. As soon as that happen, the infrastructure our project has created (forum, launchpad, wiki) is bypassed because installation and basic use does not require it."

A lot of work for someone.

"Well, its a valid enough heuristic, and again, its nearly impossible to do exactly. In any case, at least there is the possibility of doing something more, as opposed to there being no such possibility. You can also do a search for Yum and guess at fedora, a search for... you get the idea. and make the text:

It seems you're using Ubuntu. If that is the case, please install the package python-feedparser.
[+] More distros"

I really think this will require a large expenditure of effort. I might be wrong.

"And these applets will be installed not through the package manager, (I'm sure the packagers will do a wonderful job) but through gnome-look.org and such. Thus, dependancies will be out of our hands. Plus, these developers may also not have heard about the wiki (as guides based on other guides of AWN applets start sprouting up on the internet) and so may not update it for their applet."

That could happen.

I guess from my perspective I think providing a popup is a good thing when there is a missing dependency... I have no issues with being clever about resolving it. But, if being clever about it is not extremely close to 100% likely to resolve it, then they should get a popup. I also think the text (and url(s) ) in the popup should be easily tweaked by package maintainers so they can change it to point at their help forums if they so desire - and I think that should be encouraged.