[Aptitude-devel] Bug#775671: bug: output of 'aptitude search' behaves differently when piped/redirected
abe at debian.org
Sun Jan 18 12:21:16 GMT 2015
thanks for your bug report.
> why is the output of this
> aptitude search coin
> different than when redirecting the output to a file or a pipe:
> aptitude search coin >t.t
> aptitude search coin | less -Sn
> The difference is that the result gets cutted when piping/redirecting.
Looks like being limited to 80 columns which generally sounds like a
sane default if the environment variable $COLUMNS is not set -- most
historical (hardware) terminals do have a width of 80 characters.
> The question is: why such an inconsistent and unintuitive behavior?
While using a default value for searches on terminals where the width
in unknown surely makes sense, but it's non-sense with piping and
So I consider this a bug and allowed myself to file an official bug
report via the Debian Bug Tracking System in your name so that this issue
don't get forgotten and is properly tracked:
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