AppStream Metadata with our releases

Carl Schwan carl at
Sat Mar 23 23:09:38 GMT 2024

Sensing from my phone so sorry for the html email

On Sat, Mar 23, 2024, at 9:06 PM, Julius Künzel wrote:
> 22.03.2024 17:22:33 Albert Astals Cid <aacid at>:
> > El divendres, 22 de març de 2024, a les 0:37:00 (CET), Julius Künzel va
> > escriure:
> >> Hi!
> >>
> >> (This mail goes to multiple lists, please reply to kde-devel)
> >>
> >> With Flathub beeing more strict on its AppStream metadata guidlines [1]
> >> there is yet another spotlight on AppStream metadata.
> >>
> >> AppStream metadata are consumed by app stores like Flathub, Snapcraft,
> >> Discover, our scripts to submit apps to the Microsoft Store and last but
> >> not least by [2].
> >>
> >> For release info in particular the quality guidelines say: "Make sure all
> >> your releases have release notes, even minor ones." [3] As I think this
> >> makes perfectly sense, I like to propose two things that seem straight
> >> forward to me:
> >>
> >> - We should not remove older releases from the AppStream data as already
> >> suggested by Carl in a merge request [4].
> >>
> >> - Also it would be convenient to add noteworthy changes to the metadata
> >> together with the related code change. However at the moment for KDE Gear
> >> the release is usually only added to the metadata a few days before
> >> tagging. Would it be possible to add the next minor release to the release
> >> branch right after the current one has been released and the next major
> >> release to master ones the upcoming version has been branched?
> >>
> >> I belive this makes it easier for developers to contribute to the release
> >> meta info and I hope it hence raises motivation to do so.
> >
> >
> > My pessimistic opinion is that no one is going to add release notes, we've
> > tried multiple ways to do it, even just asking people to add a keyword to the
> > commit log if that commit log was release news worthy and no one did it past
> > the first few weeks/months.
> Well, that might happen, but we don't know if we don't try... And as I don't see this causing any extra work and (yet) can't see any downsides, it is even worth it if it helps just a single app or developer, no?

I see that Volker do add release information for Itinerary on every release and I also try to do that for neochat, tokodon and a few other apps.

> >
> > It seems appstream has finally added the <url/> support (or maybe was there
> > forever?), so my suggestion is that we just add an release+url entry pointing
> > to
> >
> >
> > This way we don't have to do the work twice and has the added bonus of already
> > translatable.
> >
> This is a nice suggestion too!
> However, I don't think this conflicts with my suggestion as the text in the appstream should usually be just a short summary of the highlights. So let's do both?

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