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Package: dpkg
Version: 1.10.20
Severity: normal


The --print-avail options lists things nice ... but it is useless 
for postprocessing, because the package names are turncated. I propose

a) either widen the package listing column
b) provide new option --full which would print the package name
   AND the description in full length. Now the package descriptions
   are also truncated.

An example:

If I wanted to remove libipc-signal-??? I couldn't consult this
listing. And I'm too cautious to use something like libipc-signal*
for remove regexp.

Jari

ii  libipc-signal-p 1.00-4          utility functions dealing with signals
ii  libisc4         9.2.2-2         ISC Shared Library used by BIND
ii  libjcode-perl   2.13-2          Perl library for Japanese character code
ii  libjpeg62       6b-9            The Independent JPEG Group's JPEG
runtime libr
ii  libkpathsea3    2.0.2-12        path search library for teTeX (runtime
ii  libkrb-1-kerber 1.2.2-3         Kerberos Libraries for Kerberos4 From
ii  libkrb5-17-heim 0.5.2-5         Libraries for Heimdal Kerberos
ii  libkrb53        1.3.3-1         MIT Kerberos runtime libraries
ii  liblcms1        1.12-2          Color management library
ii  libldap2        2.1.17-3        OpenLDAP libraries
ii  liblinc1        1.0.3-4         library to simplify creating networked
ii  liblocale-gette 1.01-17         Using libc functions for



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Versions of packages dpkg depends on:
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ii  libc6                       2.3.2.ds1-11 GNU C Library: Shared libraries an

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* Jari Aalto 

| The --print-avail options lists things nice ... but it is useless 
| for postprocessing, because the package names are turncated. I propose

Uhm, are you confusing dpkg -l and dpkg --print-available?

: tfheen@yiwaz ~ > dpkg --print-avail libipc-signal-perl      
Package: libipc-signal-perl
Priority: optional
[snip]
: tfheen@yiwaz ~ > dpkg -l \*libipc-signal\*
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name           Version        Description
+++-==============-==============-============================================
un  libipc-signal- <none>         (no description available)

| a) either widen the package listing column

if you want to do that set COLUMNS:

: tfheen@yiwaz ~ > COLUMNS=300 dpkg -l \*libipc-signal\* 
Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold
| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                                                                  Version                                                               Description
+++-=====================================================================-=====================================================================-==========================================================================================================================================================
un  libipc-signal-perl                                                    <none>                                                                (no description available)
: tfheen@yiwaz ~ > 


| b) provide new option --full which would print the package name
|    AND the description in full length. Now the package descriptions
|    are also truncated.

use dpkg-query:

: tfheen@yiwaz ~ > dpkg-query --showformat='${Package}\n' -W libipc\*
libipc-run-perl
libipc-shareable-perl
libipc-sharedcache-perl
libipc-sharelite-perl
libipc-signal-perl
: tfheen@yiwaz ~ > 

This looks like user error, so I'm closing this bug; feel free to
reopen it if you think I'm wrong.

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