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Bug 41295 - Using emerge to display package description
Summary: Using emerge to display package description
Alias: None
Product: Portage Development
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Core - Interface (emerge) (show other bugs)
Hardware: All Linux
: High enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Portage team
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-02-11 14:43 UTC by Luke Worth
Modified: 2004-02-11 21:34 UTC (History)
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Description Luke Worth 2004-02-11 14:43:45 UTC
At the moment, the only way you can look at package descriptions is to do a emerge -s package, or to look at the ebuild. Why not add a flag like --description to just print out the long description of the package?

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
Comment 1 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2004-02-11 18:44:11 UTC
`emerge -s ^pkg$`
Comment 2 Luke Worth 2004-02-11 21:29:21 UTC
That's the problem. the -s means search, which takes quite some time. All it needs to do is go straight to the package i specify and print out the description.
Comment 3 SpanKY gentoo-dev 2004-02-11 21:34:18 UTC
i really dont think if we added this special exception it would give you the performance increase you're looking for ... plus it's a very specific bit of code not generally useful for anything else

if speed is your concern, use `esearch` (`emerge esearch`)

if that is not acceptable, help the portage team transition to the binary database format