Search in packages contents

Michele Venturi dardo82 at
Mon Jun 20 05:30:58 PDT 2016

As I've discussed with raim on irc I would like to be able to search the
packages' contents for a certain file. This could be done via the web or
the cli once a buildbot has compiled the list maybe in the form of a
sqllite database to store on the user's machine if it is not too big or
otherwise to query over the net. Specifically I think it would be useful to
know which port to install to get a given executable, so if I need the
"factor" command I would find out straight away that it is included in the
"coreutils" bundle, without having to look for a specific information in a
generic way on the internet.
It could also be useful to know beforehand what files will be added to your
system by each port, as you can already do now after the installation.
These are all features that most of the best package managers like
"apt-get" or "rpm" already have, but that "mac-ports" and "homebrew" are
still lacking, so having them would be a plus in the comparison between the
Mac software choices of that particular kind.
If I can do something else apart from this rough sketching of really basic
ideas to get what I'm here suggesting done, please let me know and I'd try
to let you help me help you.
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