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WaltH
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Flatpaks descriptions

#1 Post by WaltH » Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:55 pm

This may be a stupid question, but since I could not find an existing answer, I thought I'd take a shot. In MX Package Installer, the Flatpaks tab lists 435 different Flatpaks to choose from. While I am familiar with a few, such as Abiword, most of these applications are not familiar to me. Is there anywhere (on the forum, in the wiki, on the internet) that gives any kind of description as to what each of these applications is or does?

EDIT: While it looks like the "Full Package Name" might be the website URL in reverse, this does not always seem to be the case. (Agenda, for instance, gives me a warning of hackers possibly trying to steal my passwords and other information.) In other caes, it requires guessing which combination of terms from the full package name is the URL 9as with Beaker Browser.)

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Re: Flatpaks descriptions

#2 Post by dolphin_oracle » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:02 pm

yeah, its a shortcoming of our current implementation that descriptions are kind of difficult to bring in.

you can always use google, or

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flatpak search keyword
to get info in the terminal. note the keyword does not have to be a name, it could be anything.
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Re: Flatpaks descriptions

#3 Post by WaltH » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:08 pm

dolphin_oracle wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:02 pm
yeah, its a shortcoming of our current implementation that descriptions are kind of difficult to bring in.

you can always use google, or

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flatpak search keyword
to get info in the terminal. note the keyword does not have to be a name, it could be anything.
I am using Google somewhat, but some of the application names are so vague or generic as to be all but impossible to find out anything. Agenda is one prime example. I have a general sense of what it is and/or does, but I would like to find out more. The terminal gave me a little information, but not really very much. Oh, well.

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Re: Flatpaks descriptions

#4 Post by clicktician » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:01 pm

WaltH wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:08 pm
I am using Google somewhat, but some of the application names are so vague or generic as to be all but impossible to find out anything. Agenda is one prime example. I have a general sense of what it is and/or does, but I would like to find out more. The terminal gave me a little information, but not really very much. Oh, well.
I thought one of the primary advantages of flatpak is the incredibly low investment required to try-out an unfamiliar application. Perhaps that's not as useful as people claim it is.
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Re: Flatpaks descriptions

#5 Post by Jerry3904 » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:35 pm

I googled "flatpak catalog" and with one more click ended up here:

https://flathub.org/apps/details/com.gi ... son.agenda
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Re: Flatpaks descriptions

#6 Post by fehlix » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:21 pm

To get the description URL for one app you can run this from the cli:

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flatpak remote-ls --app flathub  | sed 's;^;https://flathub.org/apps/details/;'  | grep -i agenda 
Ifyou want the whole list of description URLs run this

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flatpak remote-ls --app  flathub  | sed 's;^;https://flathub.org/apps/details/;' 
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Re: Flatpaks descriptions

#7 Post by WaltH » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:00 pm

clicktician wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:01 pm
I thought one of the primary advantages of flatpak is the incredibly low investment required to try-out an unfamiliar application. Perhaps that's not as useful as people claim it is.
That part is useful, but I'd still like to at least have an idea of the type of application it is or at least the category it falls into.

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Re: Flatpaks descriptions

#8 Post by WaltH » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:03 pm

Jerry3904 wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:35 pm
I googled "flatpak catalog" and with one more click ended up here:

https://flathub.org/apps/details/com.gi ... son.agenda
I did not find or see that. A little more information would be good (especially since that application doesn't really have a useful website), but it's a good start. Thanks.

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Re: Flatpaks descriptions

#9 Post by Gordon Cooper » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:40 pm

WaltH wrote: "I did not find or see that"

I did not find it either. All I saw was an endless screen of blue circles being drawn/erased with the caption "Loading", and no further progress.
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Re: Flatpaks descriptions

#10 Post by WaltH » Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:51 pm

fehlix wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:21 pm
To get the description URL for one app you can run this from the cli:

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flatpak remote-ls --app flathub  | sed 's;^;https://flathub.org/apps/details/;'  | grep -i agenda 
Ifyou want the whole list of description URLs run this

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flatpak remote-ls --app  flathub  | sed 's;^;https://flathub.org/apps/details/;' 
:puppy:
EDIT: added filter for apps
Thanks. I'll keep that in mind.

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