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LSB LCD: finding packages for bulk lib*.so and bin/* filenames in bulk.

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Some introduction:

As some of you know the Linux Standard Base http://www.linuxbase.org/ is
working on some standards for applications on Linux systems.

I (and a few others) am working on a Least Common Denomiator (LCD) package
format to quickly provide a way to install LSB compliant applications on
compliant distro implementations.

One of the parts of the reference implementations we are working on is the
meta-packages that say "This is a LSB-compliant distro implementation".  If
this package is installed then the applications can depend on "lsb" and be
assured of a system environment they can work in.

Look at the archive of our mailing list
http://www.geocrawler.com/lists/3/SourceForge/7337/0/ to see what we are
really up to.  I posted a FAQ a couple of months ago 
http://www.geocrawler.com/archives/3/7337/2001/3/0/5258616/ and only a few
things have changed since then.

My question

The LSB has a MySQL data base of the files and commands that are part of a
compliant implementation.  I hope to use this DB to autogenerate the
depends: list of the meta-package.

However either I am missing something or this is a compute intensive job. 
For example if I am searching for the package that contains the command
"tr" then I search for "dpkg --search bin/tr".  But that gets me 
	$ dpkg -S bin/tr   
	xscreensaver: /usr/X11R6/bin/triangle
	shellutils: /bin/true
	textutils: /usr/bin/tr
	traceroute: /usr/sbin/traceroute
	ispell: /usr/bin/tryaffix
	xscreensaver: /usr/X11R6/bin/truchet
	groff: /usr/bin/troff
	netbase: /usr/bin/tracepath6
	tree: /usr/bin/tree
	netbase: /usr/bin/tracepath
	netbase: /usr/bin/traceroute6
	transfig: /usr/X11R6/bin/transfig
	tcpd: /usr/sbin/try-from

AFICT dpkg --search does not honor $:
	$ dpkg -S bin/tr\$
	dpkg: *bin/tr$* not found

but grep does:
	$ dpkg -S bin/tr | grep "bin/tr$"
	textutils: /usr/bin/tr

I can then use the same techniques as dpkg-shlibdeps (potato version :) to
find the package name and put that in my depends list.

But, I have to repeat this for every bin/* and lib/* entity mandated in the
LSB DB.  It takes a while.  Is there a faster way?  I've tried a few bulk
searches by asking dpkg -S to find more than one file but there are some
common prefixes in the LSB mandated commands too :(.

Also, how do I query for diverted entities like awk?


Albert den Haan, Lead Developer @ Linux Port Team . Corel Corporation
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