[Rpm-maint] [rpm-software-management/rpm] Tags as an alternative to Groups (#632)

jengelh notifications at github.com
Wed Sep 4 00:36:39 UTC 2019

>nobody has stepped up to work out the finer details like a format that is actually enforced

That runs risk of designing something that may turn out bad in 2 years, and then we're stuck with it and go define _another_ field. The freedom of the Group field does not appear to have been a bad choice. Imagine if ewt back in the day had declared that RPM would only ever accept the 34-or-so groups of the time.

(Did a small-ish UI program to check how long parsing today's rpmdb that way would take. https://github.com/jengelh/rpm-catalog )

>end up with useless typoed junk like it was with Group.

I am not sure what you mean by "typoed junk". Typos (misspellings) happen, even so on tag-heavy systems like Stackoverflow/Freshcode. An approach would be to regularly build an overview and looking for common substrings so as to find and join/normalize e.g. "GPL-3.0" vs "GPLv3".

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