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Re: Searching for apps in cygwin by keyword

Hi and thanks for getting back to me.  I guess each of these options
have a balance between ease of use and the detail returned.  However, it
may well be worth suggesting a system such as the one I described being
implemented in a future cygwin update.  So the description metadata from
setup.ini is somehow stored in a package which can be searched, thus
avoiding the filename/keyword clash of option 1, or needing internet
access as option 2.

Thank again.


On Fri, 02 Nov 2007 22:21:18 -0700, "Brian Dessent" <>
> Hussein Patwa wrote:
> > Of course there are lots of apps included in the cygwin distribution. My
> > question is, how does one search to find what apps are installed that
> > fulfill a certain purpose? For example, I want to see how many apps have
> Several ideas:
> 1. Run "cygcheck -p keyword" which will match 'keyword' as a regexp
> against the name, description, and list of filenames contained with each
> package.  However, since the result only contains the name and
> description of the package it may be a bit confusing if the match
> happened to be against a coincidently named filename.
> 2. Go to <> and use your browser's ctrl-F
> search.
> 3. View the setup.ini file directly, e.g. "wget -q -O -
> | bzip2 -cd | less".  This is
> the only way to view the ldesc field, as it is not currently used by
> anything.
> Brian
  Hussein Patwa

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