Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 82119
Correct the name of the rhn-applet package
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:50:07 EDT
Description of problem:
Per Havoc: The "name" of this package is wrong. The "rhn-applet-gui" program
really is the "rhn notification icon" Furthermore, the "rhn-applet-tui" program
makes even less sense. Neither of these are applets!
I suggest something like the "rhn-notification" for the package name and
"rhn-notification-gui" and "rhn-notification-tui" for the two programs.
I am submitting this as an enhancement request and adding Havoc to the cc list.
Note though that existing users will lose the icon from their session if
it's renamed, so there's a back compat concern. I'm not sure what to do about that.
rhn-applet-gui is a program which get graphically embedded in the gnome
panel and interract with the user. It's not an icon, it's a program.
If it's not a applet, what is it ?
The tui is mostly a debugging tool, I'm not adverse to changing its
name, but for the "applet" I have issues, I don't see the point there !
It's a daemon that uses notification icons. Notification icons are not applets;
they appear in the notification area, and just tell the user about some state or
"Applet" is a term not visible to users at all, but it is visible to sysadmins.
The sysadmin manual refers to how to configure them, and none of those docs
apply to notification-icon-using daemons.
Notification icons have their appearance on the panel driven by external events
such as new errata appearing, and applets are bonobo components loaded into the
panel explicitly by the user (appearance on the panel driven by choosing the
applet from a menu).
Though, I really can't think of a way out of the back compat issue
so this should probably be WONTFIX. Unless we want to try some kind of
Yeah, will an user have more problem due to the terminology or
due to the change ? Another point is that there is an RHN daemon
and it is not what we currently call the applet ... One is a
system tool, the other is user oriented and just for notification.
I'm not too fond of symlinks especially for python programs,
I'm tempted to resolve this as WONTFIX too.
Changing the name would be more trouble than it is really worth I'm afraid.