[arch-general] script to reformat 'pacman -Ss' output into 2 readable columns (prevents blindness)

Loui Chang louipc.ist at gmail.com
Fri Aug 6 00:19:32 EDT 2010

On Thu 05 Aug 2010 22:51 -0500, David C. Rankin wrote:
> Guys,

You got a script for the gals too? :D

> 	I developed a script to help me read the output of pacman -Ss in 2
> nicely formatted columns. The output of 'pacman -Ss srchterm' drives
> me nuts trying to read down the package names and descriptions with
> all the tab indented and wrapped text -- so I fixed it. Download the
> script here:
> http://www.3111skyline.com/dl/Archlinux/scripts/srch2list.sh
> 	or with the '-d' option for semi-doublespace:

This should definitely be the default. Otherwise I may go walleyed.

> 	The script needs 1 input. That is a filename 'srchfile' that
> contains the output from 'pacman -Ss srchterm > srchfile' There are
> 2 options, '-h or --help' gives a brief description and '-d' which
> causes the output to be essentially double-spaced. (each package
> description remains single spaced if it requires multiple lines, but
> a blank line is included between package descriptions) On the todo
> list is having the script take the input from stdin and eliminate
> the srchfile.


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