[Aptitude-devel] Bug#778993: Many 'l' syntax options

G A Craig Carey tangentangle at pochta.ru
Fri Mar 20 16:00:47 GMT 2015

* (Subject: Many 'l' syntax options)

Apparently, there is much more than "~a" .. "~z" & "~ahold" & "~o"

I found a list help page here:

 * http://aptitude.alioth.debian.org/doc/en/ch02s04s05.html
 * file:///usr/share/doc/aptitude/html/en/ch02s04s05.html

I am on the bug report's topic of displaying knowledge inside of the
 "aptitude" console program. Currently the sentences are not linked to and
 are easily unfindable using quality Internet search engines (excl Google).

The page's contents starts with:
 | Search term reference
 | Table 2.3, “Quick guide to search terms” provides a brief summary of all the
 |  search terms provided by aptitude. A full description of each term can be
 | found below.
 | Table 2.3. Quick guide to search terms
 |  +------------------------------------...
 |  | Long form    | Short form | Description |

(That "Short form" is the syntax of the "l" key popup of the "aptitude" console
 program of Debian family Linux distros.)

~d : select packages whose description matches . Eg. "~dbridge".



Not-broken dependencies:
  ~D[depType:]pattern : "Match packages that declare a dependency of type depType
                        on a package matching pattern."
  ~R[depType:]pattern : "Select packages that are the targets of a dependency of
                        type depType declared by a package matching pattern."

Broken dependencies:
  ~b : "Select packages that have a broken dependency.", "Matches packages
      that ... have an unfulfilled dependency, predependency, breaks, or conflict."

  (~B: Select package that have a broken dependency of the given depType)

  ~Bdepends : packages with a broken 'depends' type of dependency
  ~Bpredepends :packages with a broken 'predepends' type of dependency
  ~Brecommends : [nothing found in my PC]
  ~Bsuggests : finds some. (Is same-as: "?broken-suggests")
  ~Bbreaks : found nothing
  ~Bconflicts : found some pkgs
   * "~Bsuggests(~i)" : both suggested/?recommended & installed
   * "(~Bsuggests)(!~i)" : quite a lot of lines for pkgs.

  Table has an error, perhaps incorrect in having 2 rows sharing a column 2 value:

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