debtags defunct?

MK halfcountplus at
Fri Aug 27 15:14:56 UTC 2010

On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 17:04:37 -0300
Tássia Camões <tassia at> wrote:
> Could you please copy and paste here the result of your commands?
> I've done it as you mentioned and got the same tags for both commands.
> With `debtags cat | grep gimp` you get not only gimp tags, but also
> other packages with gimp in their names. And running `debtags show
> gimp` you have the following lines just below the project homepage:
> "Tag: implemented-in::c, interface::x11, role::program,
> scope::application, suite::gimp, suite::gnu, uitoolkit::gtk,
> use::editing, works-with-format::gif, works-with-format::jpg,
> works-with-format::pdf, works-with-format::png,
> works-with-format::tiff, works-with::image, works-with::image:raster,
> works-with::text, x11::application"
> Which seems to be ok, no?

Actually I used grep "gimp: ", which means you just get babygimp and
gimp.  Anyway, I *do not* get this "Tag: " field in the output at all,
using the distro debtags pkg installed via apt-get, on either Ubuntu
9.10, or Gnusense.  So the output from "debtags show gimp" is, I am
pretty sure, the exact same as the output I would have gotten from
"apt-cache show gimp" *before I ever installed debtags*.  Enrico
mentioned that debtags and apt now produce the same output -- is this
because debtags was supposed to modify apt somehow, and "debtags show"
just calls apt-cache show?  I am not sure how likely that is, but if so
then apparently it has not affected apt-get, so "debtags show" does not
provide any debtags data at all on those two systems!

Since you asked for it, here is everything I get from "debtags show

root ~: debtags show gimp
Package: gimp
Priority: optional
Section: graphics
Installed-Size: 12480
Maintainer: Ubuntu Desktop Team <ubuntu-desktop at>
Original-Maintainer: Ari Pollak <ari at>
Architecture: i386
Version: 2.6.7-1ubuntu1.1
Replaces: gimp-data (<< 2.3.17-2), gimp-gnomevfs (<< 2.6.0),
gimp-helpbrowser, gimp-libcurl (<< 2.6.0), gimp-print (<= 5.0.1-3),
gimp-python (<< 2.6.0), gimp-svg, gimp-wget (<< 2.3.12-1), libgimp-perl
(<= 2.0.dfsg+2.2pre1.dfsg-2) 
Provides: gimp-helpbrowser, gimp-python
Depends: libgimp2.0 (>= 2.6.7), libgimp2.0 (<= 2.6.7-z), gimp-data (>=
2.6.7), gimp-data (<= 2.6.7-z), python-gtk2 (>= 2.8.0), libaa1 (>=
1.4p5), libatk1.0-0 (>= 1.20.0), libbabl-0.0-0, libc6 (>= 2.7),
libcairo2 (>= 1.2.4), libdbus-1-3 (>= 1.0.2), libdbus-glib-1-2 (>=
0.78), libexif12, libfontconfig1 (>= 2.4.0), libfreetype6 (>= 2.2.1),
libgegl-0.0-0, libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.16.0), libgtk2.0-0 (>= 2.14.0),
libhal1 (>=, libjpeg62, liblcms1 (>= 1.15-1), libmng1 (>=
1.0.3-1), libpango1.0-0 (>= 1.18.0), libpng12-0 (>= 1.2.13-4),
libpoppler-glib4, librsvg2-2 (>= 2.26.0), libtiff4, libwmf0.2-7 (>=, libx11-6, libxext6, libxfixes3 (>= 1:4.0.1), libxmu6,
libxpm4, zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4), python (<< 2.7), python (>= 2.6),
python-support (>= 0.90.0) 
Suggests: gimp-help-en | gimp-help,
libgimp-perl, gimp-data-extras, gvfs-backends, libasound2, ghostscript
Conflicts: gimp-data (<< 2.3.17-2), gimp-gnomevfs (<< 2.6.0), gimp-help
(<< 2+0.13-1), gimp-helpbrowser, gimp-libcurl (<< 2.6.0), gimp-print
(<= 5.0.1-3), gimp-python (<< 2.6.0), gimp-svg, gimp-wget (<<
2.3.12-1), libgimp-perl (<= 2.0.dfsg+2.2pre1.dfsg-2) 
Filename: pool/main/g/gimp/gimp_2.6.7-1ubuntu1.1_i386.deb 
Size: 4387912
MD5sum: 56a683732f8222c5364d3e47115b5324 
SHA1: 15f3f7a99bb48a9660c9cda1e78577f9df1bce67 
Description: The GNU Image Manipulation Program GIMP lets you draw,
paint, edit images, and much more! GIMP includes the functionality and
plug-ins of other famous image editing and processing programs. . If
you'd like to be able to open files remotely (like over HTTP or FTP),
install the gvfs-backends package. . If you'd like to use a MIDI device
as an input controller in GIMP, install libasound2 and read the how-to
at /usr/share/doc/gimp/README.MIDI . If you'd like to be able to read
and write PostScript files from GIMP, install the ghostscript package.
Origin: Ubuntu 
Task: ubuntu-desktop, edubuntu-desktop, xubuntu-desktop

No "Tags:"!  That's from Ubuntu, but the gnusense one is the same...

MK <halfcountplus at>

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