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

Jason Reardon aetherfly87 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 6 01:09:49 EDT 2010

Sweet script, it always bothered me the way pacman -Ss formatted its output.
The check you do for zenity has a minor problem, though. Instead of "if
which zenity > /dev/null..." it needs to be "if which zenity &>
/dev/null...", the former doesn't redirect error output.

Anyway, very well done, thanks for the script!


On Fri, Aug 6, 2010 at 12:48 AM, David C. Rankin <
drankinatty at suddenlinkmail.com> wrote:

> On 08/05/2010 11:19 PM, Loui Chang wrote:
>>        or with the '-d' option for semi-doublespace:
>> This should definitely be the default. Otherwise I may go walleyed.
> You are correct sir! I guess the only reason it wasn't the default is that
> I did the script on my laptop so vertical space was at a premium :p
> I have to rework the options anyway to add an option to disable the zenity
> list so I'll redo the line spacing default as well.
> Right now I have the script testing for zenity with which and then
> displaying the zenity --list by default if zenity is installed. What's your
> vote? Should zenity be off by default and then enabled with an option?. It
> is light enough to work well even over ssh connections, so my thought was to
> just leave it enabled by default and add a flag to disable it if it wasn't
> wanted......
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