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.
"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
% rpm -qA samba
% rpm -qA smbmount
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.]
The idea is sound, but parameterizing the locations where
information might be gleaned is lots trickier than
searching, say, MANPATH. Deferred for further thought.