Re: Packaging guidelines - validation of AppStream metadata files

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On Sun, Sep 24, 2023 at 2:46 AM Mattia Verga via devel
<devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Il 24/09/23 01:18, Neal Gompa ha scritto:
> > On Sat, Sep 23, 2023 at 6:05 PM Michael Catanzaro <mcatanzaro@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >> On Sat, Sep 23 2023 at 10:26:48 PM +0200, Alexander Ploumistos
> >> <alex.ploumistos@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >>> Could someone involved
> >>> with AppStream please provide some information? Shouldn't our
> >>> documentation be changed to reflect these changes? Does the FPC need
> >>> to decide on this?
> >>   From upstream perspective: appstream-util is indeed obsolete. Upstream
> >> software should stop using it and switch to appstreamcli instead.
> >>
> >> But as you've noticed, it seems Fedora isn't ready for that yet....
> > Ultimately, appstream-util's output is what matters since we use
> > appstream-builder (from appstream-glib) to generate our AppStream
> > metadata index. If it doesn't pass that tool, it doesn't show up.
> >
> If upstream switched to appstreamcli, what tool do they use to generate
> the index to not fail validation?
> Can Fedora switch to that other tool?

There was no switching. Both appstream-util and appstreamcli are
considered conformant.

Ultimately, the only way we can stop relying on appstream-glib is if
appstream-builder[1] was reimplemented on top of libappstream-compose.

Long ago, I tried to see if we could have our AppStream data produced
as repodata instead of a package, but the answer I got was that we
need the functionality added to createrepo to do it[2]. If someone
ever got around to making that happen, a lot of things in our pipeline
could be simplified.


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