Re: length of a package extended description
On 10/01/15 08:59, Vincent Lefevre wrote:
> On 2015-01-10 07:05:48 +1100, Riley Baird wrote:
>>> Otherwise shouldn't utilities (such as "dpkg -s") provide a
>>> configurable way to limit the output of the "Description:" field?
>> You can pipe the output to "head" or "tail" to sort of achieve what you
>> want to.
> Obviously not. It may be possible with something like sed or perl,
> but this may not be future-proof, and breakage due to changes in
> the dpkg output may remain unnoticed. And doing that automatically
> would need to write a dpkg wrapper, which could break dpkg in other
True. I honestly think that this is such an insignificant problem that
updating the sed or perl script every so often wouldn't be that much of
If it interests you, you could always right a patch for dpkg; it doesn't
seem that it would be that hard to do so, and I don't see any reason why
the patch would be refused.