[pacman-dev] Feature request: Show exact matches first

Allan McRae allan at archlinux.org
Wed Oct 19 23:23:53 EDT 2011

On 20/10/11 12:44, lolilolicon wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 20, 2011 at 3:55 AM, Dave Reisner<d at falconindy.com>  wrote:
>> On Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 09:37:22PM +0200, Markus Jochim wrote:
>>> Dear developers,
>>> I'd like to request a feature. When I search for some package, let's
>>> say openconnect:
>>> $ pacman -Ss openconnect (or -Qs)
>>> it takes quite a while until I get any results on my netbook (Atom
>>> N450 cpu). Maybe this could be sped up by showing exact matches
>>> right away. I've had this situation quite some times now and it can
>>> be a real pain in the ass to wait for 10 seconds (this may vary of
>>> course) when I simply want to know whether I have a particular
>>> package installed.
>>> Kindly,
>>> Markus
>> Hi,
>> The overhead here is disk I/O, not CPU. Looking for exact matches first
>> will not save you any time. Additionally, once your local DB is paged
>> into RAM, results should come much more quickly.
>> To humor you, and assuming your DBPath is /var/lib/pacman, you can use
>> something like the following bash function to get exact matches:
>>   # assumes extglob is enabled
>>   findexact() {
>>     res=(/var/lib/pacman/local/$1-+([!-])-+([0-9]))
> I noticed a slight problem here- PKGBUILD(5) states the pkgrel variable is
> "not allowed to contain hyphens".
> So I realize possibly this, as well as my fix for bacman, is not exactly
> correct.  I haven't checked the pacman code though, can you confirm?
> Actually all of my local packages conform to the common practice of making
> pkgrel an integer, but I know a package in AUR, namely fortune-mod-tbbt,
> currently at 0.2-3.1, and presumably pacman doesn't complain about it.

Both pkgver and pkgrel can not contain a hyphen.  makepkg will error if 
they do.


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