Re: Offering plasma-pk-updates as an alternative to Discover

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On 5/6/21 4:06 PM, Tomáš Trnka wrote:
Hello everyone,

After updating to F34, I was unpleasantly surprised by the new Plasma update
notifier (plasma-discover-notifier). Even though the previous plasma-pk-updates
thing had its quirks and Apper also wasn't the most featureful of package
managers, I still ran into a handful of issues with Discover that make it
pretty much useless for me:

– There seems to be no way to select which updates to install. All I can see
is a list of available updates with a button to install all of them, but no
way to pick and choose a subset. (Yes, I could use commandline DNF with a
whole bunch of "-x" arguments to get the job done, but the point of a GUI is
to make things more user friendly, isn't it?)
– I can't seem to find the description of individual package updates (the short
changelog that plasma-pk-updates shows when you click a particular package,
together with Bugzilla or Bodhi links). Again, getting these any other way
than through the GUI updater is a real hassle.
– The tray notifier doesn't let me actually do anything directly, I have to
wait for it to open a full Discover window and spend a long while loading the
updates, which is much more disruptive than the few seconds needed to trigger
updating through plasma-pk-updates.

Even worse is that every single update requires a reboot. I just took a fully updated system and then downgraded vlc. Updated with Discover and even though it only had to update vlc-core-3.0.13-1.fc34.x86_64 and vlc-3.0.13-1.fc34.x86_64 it still required a reboot.

fn:Patrick Boutilier
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