Bug 1118802 - [query action] --last should be first class switch/modifier (e.g., reasonable output of --last + --queryformat combo)
Summary: [query action] --last should be first class switch/modifier (e.g., reasonable...
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Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: rpm
Version: 20
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Packaging Maintenance Team
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2014-07-11 14:39 UTC by Jan Pokorný [poki]
Modified: 2015-06-29 21:33 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Enhancement
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Last Closed: 2015-06-29 21:33:24 UTC

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Description Jan Pokorný [poki] 2014-07-11 14:39:54 UTC
When both options specified, the user formatted output is sorted
as expected, but it is preceded with output as if standalone --last
was specified, which is rather counter-productive (think a script
wants both custom formatting and the install-time descending order).

AFAIK not specifying --last does not guarantee any order, at least
not promised in the man page, not sure if it should do so.

In other words, --last and --queryformat should be "combinative"
(cooperate on the common product), not "solo players" as is the case

$ rpm -q --queryformat="%{V}-%{R}\n" -- kernel
> 3.14.5-200.fc20
> 3.14.8-200.fc20
> 3.14.9-200.fc20

$ rpm -q --last -- kernel
> kernel-3.14.9-200.fc20.x86_64                 Thu 03 Jul 2014 04:09:19 PM CEST
> kernel-3.14.8-200.fc20.x86_64                 Tue 24 Jun 2014 01:35:01 PM CEST
> kernel-3.14.5-200.fc20.x86_64                 Mon 09 Jun 2014 03:30:55 PM CEST

happens, not expected:

$ rpm -q --last --queryformat="%{V}-%{R}\n" -- kernel
> kernel-3.14.9-200.fc20.x86_64                 Thu 03 Jul 2014 04:09:19 PM CEST
> kernel-3.14.8-200.fc20.x86_64                 Tue 24 Jun 2014 01:35:01 PM CEST
> kernel-3.14.5-200.fc20.x86_64                 Mon 09 Jun 2014 03:30:55 PM CEST
> 3.14.9-200.fc20...............................
> 3.14.8-200.fc20...............................
> 3.14.5-200.fc20...............................

[note: the trailing dots are just to emphasize un{needed,wanted} trailing
spaces being produced (!)]

should happen:
$ rpm -q --last --queryformat="%{V}-%{R}\n" -- kernel
> 3.14.9-200.fc20
> 3.14.8-200.fc20
> 3.14.5-200.fc20

Tested with:

Comment 1 Panu Matilainen 2014-07-14 08:20:33 UTC
This is "expected", --last is implemented as a funky popt alias which is a queryformat of its own, and each specified queryformat produces separate output, they dont "stack":

rpm     alias --last --qf '%|INSTALLTIME?{%{INSTALLTIME}}:{000000000}| %{NVRA} %|INSTALLTIME?{%{INSTALLTIME:date}}:{(not installed)}|\n' \
        --pipe "sort -r -n | sed 's,^[0-9]\+ ,,' | awk '{printf(\"%-45s %-s\n\", $1, substr($0,length($1)+2))}' " \
        --POPTdesc=$"list package(s) by install time, most recent first"

This isn't fixable as things are, rpm would need to sort internally for that. Which seems like a fairly reasonable thing... so we could turn this into an RFE for query output sorting.

Comment 2 Jan Pokorný [poki] 2014-07-14 14:24:01 UTC
Understood, let's consider it as a future feature, then.

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