Searching for apps in cygwin by keyword

Hussein Patwa hspatwa@fastmail.co.uk
Sat Nov 3 08:25:00 GMT 2007


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.

H.

On Fri, 02 Nov 2007 22:21:18 -0700, "Brian Dessent" <brian@dessent.net>
said:
> 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 <http://cygwin.com/packages/> and use your browser's ctrl-F
> search.
> 
> 3. View the setup.ini file directly, e.g. "wget -q -O -
> http://mirrors.dotsrc.org/cygwin/setup.bz2 | bzip2 -cd | less".  This is
> the only way to view the ldesc field, as it is not currently used by
> anything.
> 
> Brian
> 
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  Hussein Patwa
  patwanet@gmail.com

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