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Bug#177487: dpkg: -l can't deal with long package names intellegently

Package: dpkg
Version: 1.10.9
Severity: normal

one must go thru many exercises with COLUMNS= to reveal the full
names, while at the same time there is lots of space left after the
version number.  here we see 17 items that look the same

dpkg -l \*openoff*|sort|uniq -c
      1	+++-=================-=================-==================================================
      1	Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
      1	ii  openoffice.org    1.0.1-6           high-quality office productivity suite
      1	ii  openoffice.org-bi 1.0.1-6           OpenOffice.org office suite binary files
      1	ii  openoffice.org-de 1.0.1-6+2         Debian specific parts of OpenOffice.org package
      1	ii  openoffice.org-he 1.0.1-6           OpenOffice.org office suite help (English)
      1	ii  openoffice.org-l1 1.0.1-6           chinese_traditional language package for openoffic
      1	in  openoffice.org-l1 1.0.1-6           (no description available)
      1	pn  libming-fonts-ope <none>            (no description available)
      1	un  openoffice        <none>            (no description available)
      2	un  openoffice.org-he <none>            (no description available)
     17	un  openoffice.org-l1 <none>            (no description available)
      3	un  openoffice.org-sp <none>            (no description available)
      1	un  ttf-openoffice    <none>            (no description available)
      1	| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
      1	|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
      1	||/ Name              Version           Description
05:02 ~$ 

-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
Architecture: i386
Kernel: Linux debian 2.4.19-k7 #1 Sun Oct 6 20:29:56 EST 2002 i686
Locale: LANG=zh_TW.Big5, LC_CTYPE=zh_TW.Big5

Versions of packages dpkg depends on:
ii  dselect                       1.10.9     a user tool to manage Debian packa
ii  libc6                         2.3.1-9    GNU C Library: Shared libraries an

-- no debconf information

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