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Re: Package file indexing

From: Pierre Neidhardt
Subject: Re: Package file indexing
Date: Thu, 09 Jan 2020 16:41:35 +0100

zimoun <address@hidden> writes:

>> The benefit of "/" is that it works _incidentally_.  If you are looking
>> for "bin/hg", then `guix search bin/hg` will do the right thing.
> I agree.
> To be clear, to search the binary 'hg', I find clearer "guix search bin/hg".
> However, to search any file which you do not the path, I find clearer
> "guix search file:foo.h".

To be clear, you don't need to know the path.  It's enough to know the
basename, e.g. `guix search /foo.h`.

>> What I meant is that we already have a subcommand that outputs a
>> property of the given packages, i.e. "guix size".  If I'm not mistaken,
>> there is no "guix package" flag that displays any property for the given
>> packages.
> You are suggesting "guix size emacs --list-files", right?

No, I'm saying that if we follow the current approach for printing our
package properties, we should have

  guix list-files emacs

Pierre Neidhardt

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