[Aptitude-devel] Bug#931357: aptitude --help-search-terms quicker

積丹尼 Dan Jacobson jidanni at jidanni.org
Tue Jul 2 19:52:44 BST 2019

Package: aptitude
Version: 0.8.11-7
Severity: wishlist

Let's say the user is interested in the "Quick guide to search terms".

OK, let's see how Quick he can see it.

Each time first he does "man aptitude".

     search Searches for packages matching one of the patterns supplied on
                the command line. All packages which match any of the given
                patterns will be displayed; for instance, “aptitude search
                '~N' edit” will list all “new” packages and all packages
                whose name contains “edit”. For more information on search
                patterns, see the section “Search Patterns” in the aptitude
                reference manual.

And indeed,

       SEE ALSO
                 /usr/share/doc/aptitude/html/<lang>/index.html from the package aptitude-doc-<lang>

must be the Aptitude Reference Manual. [BUG: Say So!]

Now one cannot just click on that "URL", even in the mighty Emacs.

So after cobbling together the correct filename he eventually does
indeed get to


and then



However, it would be also great / Quicker if he could do

$ aptitude help search terms
$ aptitude --help-search-terms


P.S., unify:
$ man aptitude|col -b|grep -c 'aptitude reference manual'
$ man aptitude|col -b|grep -c 'aptitude reference guide'
Also maybe capitalize.

P.S., in the manual remember to mention how to search for forbid-version packages,
# aptitude search ~ahold
# aptitude search ~aforbid-version
E: Unknown action type: forbid-version
or mention one must use something like
# aptitude search ~U|grep ^.F

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