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Re: Intent to package a Debian control file grepper

> Yes.  It does not look approachable without a week of study.  And according

It was easier than I thought, when I first picked it up.  The key
seems to be that *most* of the features of sgrep are useless... this
was particularly clear from the 90 pages one of the XML books wasted
on it - most of which showed how you'd misparse files unless you used
exactly this one set of options :)

> Can you or someone else please show me, how my example queries would be done
> in sgrep?  (I'm not interested in getting the same output format, but I want

I'm feeling lazy, so just to get you started, my most common query is
something like

sgrep -o '%r\n' 'DEB_PKG containing "sound"' /var/lib/dpkg/status | less

I'll throw in -i depending on how vague the keyword ("sound" in this
case) is.  To get more specific fields (like your Package,Version
example) I'd just stick in an egrep "Package|Version" and not even
try to make sgrep do it, though I think it *can*...

Or if you just want to peek ahead in your mail spool without firing up
gnus, or something:
 sgrep -o '%r' 'MAIL_MESS containing "someone"' /var/spool/mail/$USER | less
where someone is typically the username you're looking for...

In theory you can use sgrep to do narrower searches (like in that
case, I'd like to *print* MAIL_MESS, but only search MAIL_FROM) but I
haven't had a chance to work that out yet; any sgrep fans want to
suggest an approach?
			_Mark_ <eichin@thok.org>
			The Herd of Kittens
			Debian Package Maintainer

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