How do I search inside long descriptions

James Berry jberry at
Tue Jun 19 06:14:23 PDT 2007

On Jun 18, 2007, at 9:31 PM, Malcolm Fitzgerald wrote:

> I know how to do "port search foo" but that will only work on  
> application names. I'd like to search the long descriptions. How is  
> that done?

You can do this using the long_description pseudo port:

	port list long_description:spreadsheet

The "spreadsheet" argument in this case (as in all pseudo ports) is  
actually a regex pattern.

See the man page about pseudo ports for more information.


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