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FS#65951 - pacman search results do not match the manual page for --search

Attached to Project: Pacman
Opened by regid (regid1) - Monday, 23 March 2020, 16:16 GMT
Last edited by Allan McRae (Allan) - Monday, 23 March 2020, 21:57 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Documentation
Status Unconfirmed
Assigned To No-one
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version 5.2.1
Due in Version 6.0.0
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 0%
Votes 1
Private No


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pacman manual page states that --search, both for -Qs and for -Ss, is for names or descriptions that match regexp. Users who know that Name and Description are defined fields for each package might expect that only those fields will be searched in. Which is not the case. I think the manual page should use other words than name and description.

Additional info:
* pacman 5.2.1-4

Steps to reproduce:
for pacman -Qs pan, ncurses is probably one of the results. Even though pacman -Qi ncurses | grep pan shows it is included because of the Provides field. ncurses provides
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Comment by Eli Schwartz (eschwartz) - Monday, 23 March 2020, 17:54 GMT
  • Field changed: Attached to Project (Arch Linux → Pacman)
pacman has its own project.