FS#57943 - [gnome-software][gnome-software-packagekit-plugin] probematic dependency relationship

Attached to Project: Community Packages
Opened by RoundCube (RoundCube) - Sunday, 25 March 2018, 00:08 GMT
Last edited by Toolybird (Toolybird) - Tuesday, 04 April 2023, 01:16 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Packages
Status Closed
Assigned To Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig)
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 1
Private No



gnome-software is unusable without installing gnome-software-packagekit-plugin

It launches, and technically works, but doesn't know anything about any software.

gnome-software-packagekit-plugin however depends [in pacman's sense] on gnome-software.

It would make more sense to have the relationship the other way around, so that installing gnome-software (the name everybody associates with this) doesn't leave you with an unusable software-centre, and giving no hints in the optdepends about missing packages either.

The last time I needed gnome-software it could be installed by pacman -S gnome-software.

Additional info:
* package version(s)
gnome-software 3.28.0-1
gnome-software-packagekit-plugin 3.28.0-1
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Closed by  Toolybird (Toolybird)
Tuesday, 04 April 2023, 01:16 GMT
Reason for closing:  None
Additional comments about closing:  See comments
Comment by Doug Newgard (Scimmia) - Sunday, 25 March 2018, 04:04 GMT
Missing optdep, maybe?
Comment by Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) - Sunday, 25 March 2018, 11:24 GMT
Install flatpak instead; that's what GNOME Software is for. The packagekit plugin was split out because using packagekit instead of pacman is extremely unreliable.
Comment by Jean-Alexandre Anglès d'Auriac (Oxayotl) - Sunday, 25 March 2018, 16:43 GMT
Shouldn't gnome-software-packagekit-plugin still be listed as an optional dependency?
Comment by Jan Alexander Steffens (heftig) - Sunday, 25 March 2018, 17:18 GMT
I don't want to tempt people to install it. It only results in a big mess.
Comment by Bartłomiej Piotrowski (Barthalion) - Sunday, 25 March 2018, 17:27 GMT
Honestly, I think we should drop packagekit plugin completely, and make flatpak a hard dependency for gnome-software.
Comment by RoundCube (RoundCube) - Sunday, 25 March 2018, 17:34 GMT
Sorry to hear that there are issues with it, I would be glad if it could work one day.
After all it's a nice idea, I would never have found out what kind of games we ship without the software centre.
I imagine the reason is that some(times) packages rely on the user reading the post install messages?

Flatpak is currently broken for other reasons, I haven't tested it.
Comment by Toolybird (Toolybird) - Tuesday, 04 April 2023, 01:15 GMT
The packagekit plugin will likely be dropped. Also see  FS#76824