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Bug 664804 - gpk-application or Add/Remove Software provides a very poor user interface
Summary: gpk-application or Add/Remove Software provides a very poor user interface
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-packagekit
Version: 16
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Richard Hughes
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-12-21 17:12 UTC by Pavel Šimerda (pavlix)
Modified: 2013-02-14 00:49 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2013-02-14 00:49:15 UTC
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Description Pavel Šimerda (pavlix) 2010-12-21 17:12:39 UTC
Description of problem:

"Add/Remove Software" lets you check groups you want installed, but I have seen no option to further tweak the group.

This way, the Default Packages and Optional Packages features of package groups are not exposed to the user.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):


How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run gpk-application aka "Add/Remove Software"
2. Select "package-collections"
3. Select e.g. "Development Tools"
4. Search of a UI element that lets you choose
individual packages from this group.
Actual results:

I don't see any way to list packages of the group and select individually.

Expected results:

I expect a one-click way to view all packages in a group with the possibility to select/deselect default/optional packages.

Comment 1 Pavel Šimerda (pavlix) 2011-12-23 23:28:02 UTC
Fedora has packages divided into package groups. The workflow is quite easy with yum, as you can:

1) list groups with 'yum grouplist -v"

2) install groups with 'yum groupinstall G' or 'yum install @G'

3) list packages with 'yum groupinfo G'

4) install individual packages with 'yum install P'

5) combine package and group installation

You cannot do the same with gpk-application as gpk-application doesn't provide you access to individual packages in groups. That means it fails to provide user interface for (3).

This is, in better words' the same as I stated in my original bugreport.

gpk-application instead uses some weird 'favorite package collections' which don't have the correct structure and don't work as expected. They don't help you even a little bit with the above tasks.

The solution would be to provide a UI similar to the one used during installation but enriched with a possibility to edit package selections.

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