[Debtags-devel] Updating tags on svn
Justin B Rye
jbr at edlug.org.uk
Tue Aug 16 23:51:19 UTC 2005
Thaddeus H. Black wrote:
> Revised draft: four tags. Review and comment.
> A lean, tightly focused tool (or a collection of such tools), normally
> run noninteractively, which
Maybe "commonly" or "naturally" rather than "normally". They're
designed to suit noninteractive uses, forming the basic building
blocks of pipes and toolchains (mixed metaphor alert).
> A daemon, a program normally run as a cron job, or a program normally
> invoked automatically in response to a network event.
Even if they aren't daemons they're likely to be invoked out of
run-parts(-style) directories - init.d, cron.d, ip-up.d, hotplug.d,
pam.d, Xsession.d, apt.conf.d...
> Programs too complex, unfocused or featureful (as perl or the
> autotools) to be called utilities. Programs whose normal interface
> is interactive or nonminimalistic (as mozilla or top). Tools which
> transform data in intricate, adaptive or highly nonobvious ways (as
> latex or gcc).
Strange how the upshot is that these are the glossy, powerful,
user-friendly packages, but our definitions always sound like
Would minimalistic dockapps (wmclock, for instance) still be
applications? Are things like 9menu simplistic enough to be
utilities (despite requiring mouse input)?
> A game.
Perhaps "a game, toy or trivial amusement" to be sure of catching
things like filters or xjokes.
> Most packages will get no more than one of the four tags
The first exceptions that come to mind are
* ssh - daemon (backgrounder) plus client (utility)
* imagemagick - an application plus a framework of utilities
But a package containing xbloatware plus an update-bloat script (run
as part of the install) is just sw:application.
You know, I think this works.
> I have one comment. German is a tremendous language, but my
> Germanic pseudo-word "backgrounder" is admittedly uncouth. Perhaps
> there is a Latin word we can press into service, to go with the Latin
> words "utility" and "application"? If so, what word can we use in place
> of "backgrounder"?
Ankh kak! (Ancient Egyptian blessing)
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