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Debian Package Search


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Debian Package Search

Debian Package Search

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Minimum required   Qt 4.x
Downloads:  4297
Submitted:  Sep 30 2005
Updated:  Jul 9 2012


Debian Package Search is a GUI for searching packages and showing package information. It is aimed to help you find the packages you need. It should make the task of searching a pleasant experience.

Search can be done by
* full text in package descriptions/names
* tags (based on the debtags system, a new way of categorizing Debian packages)
* files
* installed status
* orphaned packages

Additionally a lot of information about the packages is displayed, including the files belonging to them.

It is also possible to install or remove packages.

Debian Package Search is part of the Debian distribution, so you can install it simply by running apt-get install packagesearch. It is listed here only to increase awareness for it. The source can be downloaded from the SourceForge page or retrieved via "apt-get source packagesearch".

As its name suggest, it is useful for Debian or other apt-based distributions only.


------- released version 2.7.3 ------
- disabled C++0x support to avoid crashes when linking against libept
(it seems they do not cooperate (crash) when compiled with different
c++0x support settings)
- fix to show the correct long description (Closes: #676812)
-> directly use libapt-pkg now
------- released version 2.7.2 ------
- changed RunCommandInXterm to use /usr/bin/uxterm, because
only there I can guarantee consistent behaviour (Closes: #676811)
- make APT default installation tool
- inform user to configure to use apt if aptitude
is not available (Closes: #676810)
- fixed displaying file list (multiarch support)
------- released version 2.7.1 ------
- fixed COPYRIGHT file to make lintian happy
- changed build infrastructure to use "dh"
------- released version 2.7 (never officially) ------
- enabled hardening options
- fixed problem qith QT 4.8: virtual base classes make QT break
-> Plugin no longer inherits from QObject, instead each child
plugin must inherit from QObject on its own
- updated help page
- updated spanish translation (thanks Frannoe!)
- fixed bug disallowing translations to translate column title for
"Name" or "Score"
- proxy server settings are now saved
- added support for configuring proxy server (still no yet saved)
- Fixed compiler error caused by xapian having a slots member
variable (Closes: #639076)
- added support for displaying the "Homepage" field (Closes: #598193)
- completed support for displaying screenshots
- fixed filtering of Tag-list based on search pattern
- fixed full text search for excluding patterns
------- released version 2.6 ------
- searching for similar packages is now based on full text description
- switched to apt-xapian search backend
- added dependency to libdl (Closes: #555881)

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 Great stuff !

 by Kwellmeister on: Sep 30 2005
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Good to mention it here, too.


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 Nice, but...

 by blaster999 on: Sep 30 2005
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...it would be even nicer if it could install packages. Now you need to search and then return to a console and type "apt-get install packagename", which is somewhat less convenient. Most people use either CLI or GUI, and they don't like jumping back and forth.

Other than that, the program is great - easy to use and powerful. Keep up your work!

It is not the size of the hammer that counts. It's how you wield it.
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 Re: Nice, but...

 by Superstoned on: Oct 1 2005
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well, imho it should be integrated with kynaptic and the like...

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 Re: Nice, but...

 by bmesing on: Oct 3 2005
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Well usally integrating two programs is not easy. Each follows a different class design, has another UI layout and perhaps most important a different main developer who put a lot of effort into the application...
You can reuse some ideas, algorithms and classes, but I think seldom there comes a large benefit from merging two programs. Mostly it comes down to dropping one application, in favour for the other and reimplementing some of its features.
Additionally packagesearch is a QT only program, and I'm trying to keep it like this.

Best regards Ben

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 Re: Re: Nice, but...

 by Superstoned on: Oct 3 2005
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I do understand that, and i'd rather see this integrated using kpart-like technologie, instead of really merging with kynaptic and the like.

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 Re: Nice, but...

 by bmesing on: Oct 3 2005
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Hm, do you have the testing or stable version (they are pretty ancient already...)? The unstable version now offers the often requested feature of allowing to (un)install packages. Though it does this in a rather crude way using an xterm.

Best regards

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 by Divilinux on: Nov 3 2006
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any chance for sources?..:)

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 Re: sources

 by bmesing on: Nov 4 2006
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You have the option to visit the Sourceforge (SF) site for a source tarball release (https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=106496), pull the source from SF SVN or execute "apt-get source packagesearch" (Debian).

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