LLeo Famulari wrote on 20 Apr 2021 19:38
Package outputs should be described in the UI
(address . firstname.lastname@example.org)
At least once a month I have to help somebody on IRC who didn't notice
that our Git package is split into multiple outputs.
They can't find `git send-email`, and the Guix package UI doesn't make
this clear enough.
I had the idea that package outputs besides 'out' and 'debug' should
have very brief descriptions that are exposed in `guix show` and `guix
search` and the `guix package` equivalents.
So, maybe it would look like this:
$ guix show git
outputs: out send-email svn credential-netrc credential-libsecret subtree gui
* send-email: Tools for an email-based Git workflow
* svn: Provides git-svn, for bidirectional operation between Subversion and Git repositories
* credential-libsecret: Whatever that is
* subtree: Who knows?
* gui: A graphical interface for exploring a Git repository
systems: x86_64-linux i686-linux
dependencies: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
+ firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
+ email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
license: GPL 2
synopsis: Distributed version control system
description: Git is a free distributed version control system designed to handle everything from small to very large projects with speed and efficiency.
The output of `guix show` and `guix search` are in recutils format, and
we'd need to make sure that these new UI elements continued that