Queuing PackageKit Transactions

I've just completed a big entry off the TODO: queuing transactions that can't be done in parallel. This means you can do RefreshCache and then GetUpdates straight away, and the latter will wait (async of course) for the first to finish. Before we just failed the second transaction which wasn't very nice. Also, when it's sane to do so, we run all queries (that don't write to the disk) in parallel with other tasks.

Grammar, yadda, yadda

The code is lightly tested, but seems to work okay for me. This was a bit of code that I had put off writing for a few weeks as it was always going to be tricky to do right.

There's also code in the daemon now to log transactions to the database that have potentially changed things. This is the first chunk of code needed for the rollback support for some backends, and also allows us to find out “what was updated yesterday because now java doesn't work”.

So basically what I'm trying to say is that there is lots of new code in git today, so expect it to break horribly. Please yell on the list if you find anything odd.

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Richard has over 10 years of experience developing open source software. He is the maintainer of GNOME Software, PackageKit, GNOME Packagekit, GNOME Power Manager, GNOME Color Manager, colord, and UPower and also contributes to many other projects and opensource standards. Richard has three main areas of interest on the free desktop, color management, package management, and power management. Richard graduated a few years ago from the University of Surrey with a Masters in Electronics Engineering. He now works for Red Hat in the desktop group, and also manages a company selling open source calibration equipment. Richard's outside interests include taking photos and eating good food.

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