Re: 'apt-cache search' question
On Sun, 16 Mar 2003 22:04:40 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org
> On Mon, 17 Mar 2003 02:20:21 +0000 (UTC)
> Faheem Mitha <email@example.com> wrote:
>> > the gimp. Using 'apt-cache search gimp gif' did not return the
>> > correct answer. The man page for apt-cache says:
>> > search search performs a full text search on all available
>> > package
>> > files for the regex pattern given. It searchs the package
>> > names and the descriptions for an occurance of the string
>> > and
> I'm pretty sure it already does what the man page says it does. When I
> use apt-cache search sometimes I get a whole lot of stuff that isn't
> what I'm looking for, because of the package description search.
> I think the problem is that in the command line
> apt-cache search gimp gif
> the phrase "gimp gif" is not a regular expression. What happened here is
> that apt-cache searched for the pattern "gimp" and stopped after it saw
> the space. It didn't even see "gif".
Hmm. Interesting theory. This is not what apt-cache search actually
does, though. This is also not what the man page says it does.
> Regular expressions is a highly detailed technical topic, which I
> couldn't begin to describe in a mail message. If you can find the
> O'Reilly book "Mastering Regular Expressions" you'll find it to be
> excellent. I don't know any others, but that doesn't mean they don't
> Don't embarrass yourselves by filing a bug on this. :)
I'm happy to embarrass myself. :-) So, is anyone going to file a bug,
or shall I?