State of Proposal to improving KDE Software Repository Organization?
boud at valdyas.org
Mon Jan 18 19:27:16 UTC 2016
On Mon, 18 Jan 2016, Friedrich W. H. Kossebau wrote:
> Reason that I ask is that due to the split of Calligra into several repos (see
> background^) the layout in the repo structure does no longer properly reflect
> the project organisation. Right now there are three active repos in the
> calligra/ repo substructure:
> "calligra" at "calligra/"
> "krita" at "calligra/krita"
> "kexi" at "calligra/kexi"
What I'm wondering is, where is this "structure" actually visible? Not in
I see it reflected in the old, to be discarded
But where else? And what is it actually needed for?
> (("calligra" at "calligra/" confuses at least kdesrc-build, sent an email to
> mpyne about if moving it to "calligra/calligra" should fix it.))
> Things that are not properly matching organization:
> * Krita starting with 3.* no longer is part of Calligra project
> (screws e.g. api.kde.org/bundled-apps-api/calligra-apidocs/ and also
> what people think to which project Krita belongs)
> * Calligra & Krita are nowhere different to KDevelop, Digikam & Co,
> so no reason to be in a complete own toplevel structure,
> rather should be in the same sub structure, i.e. "Extragear",
> like extragear/calligra/* and extragear/graphics/krita
> More, not only Calligra & Krita related:
> * "Extragear" is an awful grouping name for apps with individual
> release plans, a legacy term that no longer fits most of the apps
> in that substructure
It's ghastly -- almost insulting. It's perpetuating the fallacy that
there are core KDE projects and peripheral projects.
> * "KDE Applications" is a misleading grouping name for apps with a
> central release plan, as if those with individual release plans
> are not "KDE" applications (as in, not done in the KDE community)
Horrible as well.
> * a single category per app as needed by the current tree structure layout
> of the repos, like "office", "graphics", "utils", is rather awkward,
> many apps do not match exactly one or would match multiple categories
Honestly, the need to group repositories is, to me, so weird that I think
it would be best to adopt the following scheme:
And so on. It's meaningless as it is; it would be better to make that clear,
if grouping is really needed.
> So IMHO some update of the repository organisation would be good, to reflect
> how things are these days.
> Renaming of "Extragear" and "KDE Applications" is surely something which needs
> care from promo/marketing/VDG people first to find if that makes sense at all
> and what a good solution would be.
That again begs the question: where is the "organization" which apparently has
purely technical reasons visible to contributors and users?
> (Being both maintainer of Okteta, which is in "KDE Applications", and meta-co-
> maintainer of Calligra, which is not, but still done in the very same KDE
> community, that current naming seems so wrong to me).
> But the actual names and grouping aside, for the pure technical renewing
> (which also involves all infrastructure like translation system,
> documentation, phabricator, etc), who is currently planning or working on
> So does it makes sense to wait some more, or should we assume the current
> organization stays for longer, and Calligra & Krita repos should be moved
> inside that organization for now?
> ^Some background about Calligra repo split, as things are slightly
> KRITA) The "krita" repo was split off, because Krita has finally become a
> full project of its own, separate from Calligra. A logical place for the krita
> repo in the KDE repo structure would perhaps have been somewhere in extragear,
> but at least due to the translators preferring to keep the string catalogs of
> Krita in the "calligra" module as before, for less work, the krita repo was
> for now put as submodule of "calligra/".
> KEXI) Kexi continues to be part of the Calligra project/subcommunity, but the
> Kexi developers preferred a small simple repo "kexi" of their own (for build
> time and size). So the placement at "calligra/kexi" makes perfect sense.
> OTHERAPPS) As the other Calligra apps (Braindump, Karbon, Sheets, Words,
> Stage, etc.) are more tightly coupled and the binary interfaces between libs,
> plugins & apps can still change every other week, for now no further repo
> splitting is planned (to ensure atomic commits on API changes), and they all
> stay in the existing "calligra" repo.
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Boudewijn Rempt | http://www.krita.org, http://www.valdyas.org
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