[arch-dev-public] Filename search for Arch

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Fri Jan 25 18:40:22 EST 2008

On Jan 25, 2008 5:31 PM, eliott <eliott at cactuswax.net> wrote:
> On 1/25/08, Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Jan 25, 2008 5:02 PM, Thomas Bächler <thomas at archlinux.org> wrote:
> > > eliott schrieb:
> > > > I guess I don't see where this script fits in, and how it is supposed
> > > > to be used.
> > > > thomas made mention of using zgrep for advanced users, but that seems
> > > > just as difficult as opening a web browser and typing into a search
> > > > box.
> > >
> > > The purpose is to provide filelists for download, so they can be
> > > searched offline by pacman.
> > > My first idea (implementing an online search in pacman) was rejected,
> > > thus I thought about a "download the filelist and search it" offline
> > > solution.
> >
> > Oh, I must have misunderstood too. If you're going to implement
> > filelist search and all that stuff, we should:
> > a) Move this to the pacman-dev mailing list
> > b) Add external tools to do this as part of the "pacman source", i.e.
> > as a patch to repo-add
> > c) Not use this script until pacman actually has this feature.
> >
> > If the intent is to let users zgrep it, then I agree with cactus that
> > that is significantly more complex then actually using the website to
> > provide a search interface.
> Yeah. I wasn't apposed to having a file search mechanism on the site.
> I was apposed to having pacman query the website. If a user opens up a
> browser and searches, no problem. It was tying this to pacman that I
> felt was a *really bad idea*.
> Alternatively, if there is a pacman only solution, that involves some
> mirrored meta in the repository, that is something else entirely, and
> should probably be talked about on the pacman dev list, so as to make
> it as distribution neutral as possible.

As I've said already, I really don't think this feature belongs in
pacman. Obviously you can draw the connection with the -Ql operation,
and the fact that we have -Ss, but this is something a bit different
than that and I see it as feature creep.


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