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To write debtags support again:
TagDB::outputPatched()
-> reads data and merge patched 
   (file:///usr/share/doc/libdebtags-dev/html/classDebtags_1_1TagDB.html)
-> use InputMerger<string, Tag> as a consumer from libtagcoll
   (should have it all:  
    file:///usr/share/doc/libtagcoll-dev/html/classTagcoll_1_1InputMerger.html)



Synaptic debtags support
------------------------

From version 0.41 on synaptic has experimental support for the debtag
system. The debtag system is the work of Erich Schubert and Enrico
Zini and has a website at:
http://deb-usability.alioth.debian.org/debtags/

The current synaptic implementation is mostly the work of Enrico Zini
<enrico@debian.org>. Thanks! 

In a nutshell the system helps to organize the huge collection of
debian software by extending the traditional section scheme. Instead
of putting a package into a section (base, net, etc), you can put
arbitrary "tags" on it. Mutt for example has:
"client, mail, mail::imap, mail::pop, net, netcomm, protocols"

This makes searching and displaying the packages more flexible. With
the new "by tag" tab in the filter editor you can add a filter that
search for packages that e.g. inludes the tags "mail, client" and
exludes "ui::qt" if you look for a email client that does not use Qt. 

You can also browse the tag hirarchy (that is actually not a real
hirarchy) with the new "tag tree" view. 

Limitations:
------------
The current debtag support is not complete. You have to update the tag
database by hand (using "debtags update") for now. It's in general
more experimental than the rest of synaptic. 

I'm looking for help with the debtags integration. Please help by
filling bugreports and sending patches :)