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I often read announcements in Mailing Lists that repositories are renamed, deleted or whatever.

Especially in the KDE repos there is currently much restructuration ongoing.

I propose to implement a feature in libzypp and its GUIs to be able to show important announcements for each repository.

Ideally, multiple repositories can issue one common announcement which will be displayed only once.


- This repository will swich from KDE 4.5 to KDE4.6. To keep KDE 4.5, _switch_to_repository_xyz_.

- The repositories x, y and z will be moved on $date. Click _here_ to change it now

- This repository is obsolete. _remove_.

(Maybe repository switching, removing, adding etc. can be done by clicking on a link in that text)



icons/user_comment.png P. R. wrote: (8 years ago)

Great suggestion. 

The first indication of repository changes/demises is often an error when doing a refresh.  After getting the error, I start a search (usually google) trying to figure out what has been changed or removed.

I have worked with other products that provide an integrated feed that is focused and specific, so the message isn't lost and time isn't wasted.  Repositories are the lifeblood of a stable and progressive system and an integrated announcement and/or action could be a user-friendly valuable feature.

Thank you.

icons/user_comment.png R. K. wrote: (8 years ago)

Yes, if a repository gets unavailable, this works.

But if a "stable" release gets updated to an experimental one, you might end up with a not working desktop version - that's often the case when using a Factory repository and a Stable openSUSE version gets released - the Factory will then be updated to an unstable snapshot at some time.

icons/user_comment.png E. G. wrote: (7 years ago)

Good idea!

icons/user_comment.png m. p. wrote: (7 years ago)

i think this indeed is a good idea but however it might be difficult to implement like Robin said. But this has soemthing todo with how repos are organized. this way has been improved over the years but its still messed up imho.

to sum up the idea is great but i think this would work only when we have guidelines for structering the repositories.

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