Subject: Re: pkg vs. rpm
To: Perry E. Metzger <email@example.com>
From: Hubert Feyrer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 01/05/1999 02:02:42
On 4 Jan 1999, Perry E. Metzger wrote:
> > I consider this a (-) because it has the potential to be a SPOF.
> I consider this to be a huge plus. All the time, I look at files in
> the system and would love a utility to point at them and say "what
> package did this come from"? This is a major thing missing from our
> current package system. If you want to maintain both a master database
> and separate CONTENTS files, be my guest, but we need the single
> database (preferably db'ed so it can be looked at FAST).
> > I don't see much real advantage here; something like grep across the various
> > CONTENTS would work for us.
> That's bloody slow if you are going through a couple hundred files
> with a script.
I've looked into that matter a bit further, and I think it would be
possible to add such a binary database for mapping file->pkg without
replacing anything else. Having this would enable us to query information
by not giving a package name but a filename:
% pkg_info -F /usr/pkg/bin/cjpeg
Information for jpeg-6a:
IJG's jpeg compression utilities.
(This is just an hyphotetic example, I don't have any code (yet :-))
Hubert Feyrer <email@example.com>