Re: Understanding aptitude search patterns

On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 2:16 PM, Panayiotis Karabassis <panayk@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I still have much to learn about aptitude, but in case anyone is
interested, I made some sense from the source code, which seem to be
ingenious at times:

There are indeed two modes, but not what I thought. There is a "match
all versions" mode, which seems to be used by ?all-versions() and a
"match any version" which seems to be used by everything else. What the
latter returns (all versions or just the versions that matched), I do
not know.

The really clever part is how ?any-version() works. Matches happen
against a pool of package versions. So ?any-version creates a *new pool*
for each package version in the original pool. Then it concatenates the
matches together. That way it forces a package search to become a
version search. Think about it. Amazing. I am a better programmer for
finding this gem.

The documentation could be more detailed though.
I propose you sending a patch with that detailed documentation to
aptitude-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (or like a wishlist in PTS)


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