This is not in any way critical, but would it be at all possible to implement a search function to pacman? Something like the --query option only for all packages, not just those installed. At times I would like to be able to search to see if a package is available or not without having to attempt to install / upgrade it at the same time.
-- Andrew Orner
what about pacman -Ss keyword ?
"...archoholism is a hard disease to cure..."
keyword being the package name or word that may be in thedescription. For example:
sarah@flightypuffin:~> pacman -Ss dvd extra/dvd+rw-tools 18.104.22.168.8-1 Tools for burning dvd+rw extra/dvdrip 0.50.18-1 A Gtk frontend for transcode writen in Perl extra/dvdrtools 0.1.5-1 dvdrtools is a fork of cdrtools, with the primary goal of supporting writable DVD drives extra/libdvdcss 1.2.8-1 libdvdcss is a cross-platform library for transparent DVD device access with on-the-fly CSS decryption. extra/libdvdnav 0.1.9-1 The library for xine-dvdnav plugin. extra/libdvdread 0.9.4-2 libdvdread provides a simple foundation for reading DVD video disks extra/ogle 0.9.2-4 A simple DVD player for Linux. extra/transcode 0.6.12-1 Transcode is a video/DVD ripper and encoder for the terminal/console. extra/vlc 0.7.2-1 The VideoLAN Client (VLC) is an MPEG, VCD/DVD, and DivX player for Unix, Windows, MacOS X, BeOS and QNX.
sarah@flightypuffin:~> pacman -Ss j2re extra/j2re 1.4.2_05-1 Sun's java runtime environment
I am not your friend
Oh, wow, I must have completely missed the -s tag in the manpage, thanks a lot! Perhaps it could also be added to the documentation, since it's not listed there?