[Bf-committers] Linus AppStream

Sergey Sharybin sergey.vfx at gmail.com
Tue Sep 23 16:06:25 CEST 2014

And for sure i've screwed up, it should have been Linux in the topic, not
Linus... :S

On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 8:05 PM, Sergey Sharybin <sergey.vfx at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> Today we've been poke din IRC about adding appdata for blender to our git
> repository. Briefly, this appdata is a XML file which is used by package
> inallation software on linux to provide such an information as description,
> screenshots versions and so before downloading the package even.
> The original proposal is to add this [1] to our git repo. But i don't
> really like this idea, mainly because this file is to be translated (and if
> it's not, then it's not that helpful imo). I'm also not a fan of adding it
> now and solving translation later -- this gonna to frustrate package
> maintainers for all the distros.
> So my proposal is:
> - We store "blender.appdata.xml.in" in our main repository. This file
> would be a "template" which wouldn't have actual description in it
> - In the translation repository we'll have a folder with files like
> "blender.appdata.{nl,es,ru,fr...}.txt" which would contain actual snippet
> of the xml corresponding to a translated description. Those files will come
> from translation branches. Maintaining them is easy (actually, you write
> them once and likely never changes) and translation team handles them.
> - Using the stuff above, .in file will be generated to actual xml for each
> language and stored to build_folder/appstream.
> - I'll vote for keeping appdata xml as small as possible, for sure without
> any distro-specific fields/information. If some distro needs to put more
> info, it's up to packages to create a patch for this and keep it as a part
> of packaging process.
> It's the easiest way to support this thing in a rather nice way, which
> hopefully wouldn't require extra work from neither us not from distro
> maintainers. If it's getting approved, there's some concerns about current
> appdata xml:
> - Think we need name and project_license ?
> - I'm not sure about metadata license, but this i'd better leave to Ton.
> - Screenshots are to be corrected imo, current ones shows more like work
> done in blender, none of them shows blender itself.
> Any comments? Matteo, Richard?
> [1]
> https://raw.githubusercontent.com/hughsie/fedora-appstream/master/appdata-extra/desktop/blender.appdata.xml
> --
> With best regards, Sergey Sharybin

With best regards, Sergey Sharybin

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