--- xml/htdocs/proj/en/glep/glep-0005.html 2004/11/11 21:27:39 1.5 +++ xml/htdocs/proj/en/glep/glep-0005.html 2006/10/10 20:25:14 1.6 @@ -8,9 +8,252 @@ -->- +
|Author:||Heinrich Wendel <sysop at heinospage.de>,|
As the latest development in Gentoo and Portage added the metadata.xml file to each package, which provides information about the package and it's maintainers, this GLEP proposes to extend this format in order to simplify the .ebuild format.
The metadata.xml  standard was accepted and it already contains some information about the packages (longdescription).
Add the tags <description> <homepage> <license> to the metadata.xml  and remove them from the .ebuild files. All ebuilds and the emerge -S feature have to be changed to use the new format.
The three tags description, homepage and license are mostly the same in all versions of an ebuild, but they must be added to each version. In order to simplify the .ebuild format they can be moved to the new metadata.xml  file. @@ -97,18 +339,18 @@ attribute) and there are no problems when a programm changes it license (restrict attribute).
As it will take some time to do the changes on every ebuild, portage should still support the old format for some time.