Bug 51650

Summary: Add -A/--apropos query option to RPM.
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Ed Halley <ed>
Component: rpmAssignee: Jeff Johnson <jbj>
Status: CLOSED DEFERRED QA Contact: David Lawrence <dkl>
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Version: 7.1Keywords: FutureFeature
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Description Ed Halley 2001-08-13 15:49:19 UTC
Description of Problem:

Would very much appreciate an "apropos" query option to the command line
for rpm.  If I don't know the exact package name, finding it without
sorting through all packages can be a pain.

Adding a command line option to help find the right package would be very
useful.  I propose the -A/--apropos query option, to take a search term
that will be searched against all known packages.

Without --apropos:

   "Hm, where is samba?"
   % rpm -q samba
   package samba not installed
   % rpm -q --whatprovides samba
   no package provides samba
   % rpm -q --file samba
   error: file samba: file not found
   % rpm -q -a | grep samba

   "Hm, which package provides smbmount?"
   % rpm -q --whatprovides smbmount
   no package provides smbmount
   % rpm -q --file smbmount
   error: file smbmount: file not found
   % which smbmount
   % rpm -q --file /usr/bin/smbmount

With --apropos:

   % rpm -qA samba

   % rpm -qA smbmount

Additional Information:

The simplest form would be to just make it work like "rpm -q -a | grep %1",
but that would only help if the word you're looking for was a part of the
package name.  I suggest that --apropos match against the package names,
the provides (and virtual provides), and the filename lists, and returns
the matched package names, as shown in the examples above.

[Got suggestion from irc.linux.org #redhat that Jeff Johnson may be a
suitable party for this idea.]

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 2001-08-13 17:04:19 UTC
The idea is sound, but parameterizing the locations where
information might be gleaned is lots trickier than
searching, say, MANPATH. Deferred for further thought.