synrg at sanctuary.nslug.ns.ca
Thu Jun 5 13:00:22 ADT 2003
On Thu, Jun 05, 2003 at 12:44:27PM -0300, Donald Teed wrote:
> Debian's dselect system is pretty good. It handles the update
> to config files process better than Redhat. However I wish it
> could provide some information on what the updated packages include
> (are they just newer, or is it a security fix, and if so what?).
> I'd like to see a GUI version of dselect. I know real men don't
> point and click, but when there are 3000 packages, we need a
> more categorized list (e.g. there is no category for databases)
> and a way to get from A to B besides string searches.
A GUI version of dselect is not the answer. The front-end is just
window-dressing. It's additional functionality in the back-ends that needs
Two such efforts are these:
1. Look at apt-listchanges. After downloading the packages, the changelog
entries are extracted and displayed (and/or emailed to you).
2. Also, have a look at the package tags system that is currently under
development which addresses the categorization problem.
You may find this site of interest:
There is a link there to the package tags page. Or you can go directly to
the Debian package browser here:
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