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Re: Setup - Hiding ZZZRemovedPackages?

On Fri, May 06, 2005 at 10:13:56PM -0700, Brian Dessent wrote:
> Harold L Hunt II wrote:
> > Would it be possible to hide the ZZZRemovedPackages category when in
> > Category view, without changing the dependency logic regarding this
> > category?
> Yes, in fact I've been meaning to bring this up.  In terms of the end
> user, there should be no reason at all for them to see those packages,
> and I think it would be a good idea in general to remove them from sight
> entirely.
> The only worry I have is that if someone still has an ancient version of
> a package installed, they would no longer see it even though it's
> installed.  Of course, if they just ran setup and accepted all the
> defaults they would get the new version of the package, without having
> to see them to select them.  But I do wonder about those users (and I
> know they're out there) that insist on running 3 year old versions of
> some packages.
> I was thinking about making it a checkbox at the bottom of the dialog,
> that said "Hide obsolete packages" and defaults to checked.  If the user
> unchecks it they would get the same display they get now.

IMO it's less visual clutter just to show the category than to add a

Automatically unhide it if the user has anything other than the current
version of any of the packages?
> > Also, would it be possible to sort this category to the bottom of the
> > list in all other views and ignore it when calculating the width to use
> > for the Categories column?  Currently the Categories column is too wide
> > and scrunches the Package column because of the length of the
> > ZZZRemovedPackages category name.

If this is really a big issue, maybe make it "ZZZRemoved" instead?
There aren't all that many hint files to change.

> That would be another way of doing it.  I'm not sure how easy or hard it
> would be to make them sort down to the bottom though.  And I'd prefer to
> get rid of them entirely.

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