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Gnome Debian Package Finder


GTK Other Utility

Score 58%
Gnome Debian Package Finder

Link:  http://
Minimum required   GTK 2.x
Downloads:  592
Submitted:  Feb 24 2008
Updated:  Apr 26 2009


Gnome Package Finder is a Graphical User Interface wrapper for apt-cache, apt-file and dpkg commands. It allows quick search through Debian packages database for package names, descriptions or file names inside the package.

It shows common info about the package, its dependencies, versions or list of files the package would install.

This utility is for Debian-based systems (Ubuntu) and its binary is compiled for GTK2.

Installation: download the package and double-click on it or open it with GDebi. To install through terminal switch to the download folder and type
sudo dpkg -i gpfind-0.1.8-i386.deb


version 0.1.8
* improved GUI to suit small screens on netbooks
* added versions info
* improved drag-and-drop behaviour
* fixed found bugs

version 0.1.6 beta
* fixed some minor bugs
* added commands to work with generated lists
NOTE: it is suggested to remove previously installed versions of this program, if any, before installing this one, as they could install one un-necessary file to a wrong folder.

version 0.1.5-alpha
* fixed incorrect search, if model contained slash characters

version 0.1.4-alpha
* search mode: Files Inside Packages
- "Packages found" and "Installed" summaries count unique packages only
- much faster command "dpkg -S" is used to search in installed packages
- folders with matching names are removed from the list, leaving only files
* popup menu option: List of Files
- did not show files, if the package was installed not from repositories - fixed
* main form
- fixed focus switch from StringGrids, when navigating by Up/Down keys
- if one of the CheckBoxes is focused, pressing Enter key also performs search
- to better distinguish focused widget, unfocused StringGrids do not show their selected rows
- cursor changes to HourGlass for long operations
* popup menu
- two new options added:
1. search for particular file name inside selected package
2. squeeze the list with multiple entries for same packages

version 0.1.3-alpha
nice new feature was discovered and implemented: drag-and-drop a file from File Manager to the search field and perform search for files, to find out what package this file belongs to, if any.

version 0.1.2-alpha
fixed wrong components alignment
right-click on the package list first selects the row, then calls for popup menu
changed font size and updated images in Help file

version 0.1.1-alpha
Initial release

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 by garoth on: Feb 27 2008
Score 50%
Xandros & Plutocracy

Uhm? Doesn't Synaptic already do 95% of this? And... the smaller Ubuntu installer as well? And... dpkg -S? And the graphical aptitude -v?

I'm not sure I really see how your program is needed. Could you explain?

(Still, it looks nice)

-Andrei "Garoth" Thorp

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 Re: Synaptic

 by VictorR on: Feb 27 2008
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You are right, Synaptic does it and even more. But Synaptic is an administration tool to CHANGE the system, while this program is to PROVIDE INFORMATION about the system. Using administration tools is not advised, when you can avoid this.

The size of the package is what I cannot change easily, unfortunately. I will think, how it can be reduced.

dpkg -S is a command line command. In order to use GUI program you should only know, that is exists somewhere in the menu. For CLI command you should also remember its syntax. If one does not speak English, this is a hard task to learn meaningless sets of strange symbols.

Aptitude is not a graphical program.

In general, people make programs and other stuff to add diversity to our world. Could you explain, why there are so many software audio players, and among them so many WinAmp clones, and each has so many skins?

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 Re: Re: Synaptic

 by garoth on: Feb 27 2008
Score 50%
Xandros & Plutocracy

I don't mean to anger you, sir, but some issues:

1) You can run synaptic without admin privileges in order to search for packages. It pops up a warning telling you that you won't be able to change things, but you can still look.

2) Sure, I admit dpkg is command line, and there are people that don't like that.

3) aptitude is a graphical tool. Try aptitude -v. It has an ncurses interface that is actually rather nice and easy to use without having to read documentation.

4) Ubuntu's default package tool also closely mirrors your functionality, iirc.

5) People make a lot of different music players because they don't tend to agree on the layout or what the music player should or should not do. I agree that competition is good -- and I accept that this is still an early version of your program.

I see that you have put a lot of effort into it, and I too (as a programmer) would be hurt that someone doesn't really see how it's useful. I'm not telling you to stop your project and to forget about it -- rather the opposite.

The reason I originally went to see what it is that you offered is that I hoped it had features above those that other things have. For example, if you could incorporate searching for a .so or part of a package like dpkg -S does, that would be instantly useful. Neither synaptic or anything else I know of (except dpkg -S) does that.

Also, perhaps you could implement other value-added features. Perhaps you can think of a smart recommendation system that would figure out what the user likes and suggest to them new packages that they might find useful.

Perhaps it could easily display the repositories that you have access to.

Perhaps it could search based on author...

I don't know, I'm just throwing out some suggestions. I'm sure a lot of them are bad.

My point, is, though -- you're my brother in that we're both open source developers and I don't aim to wound your or hurt your project. I just humbly suggest that your project's abilities are entirely eclipsed by the commonly pre-installed Synaptic. So far, the only thing you have over it is a better, quicker interface. Perhaps you would consider adding more to your program in future releases that would make it better than Synaptic's search?

-Andrei "Garoth" Thorp

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 Re: Re: Re: Synaptic

 by VictorR on: Feb 28 2008
Score 50%

I don't feel offended, I always glad to hear constructive responses.

1. I did not know about this Synaptic feature. Nevertheless I still think, that stuff in the Administration menu is not for everyday use.

2. and 3. are more about personal preferences.
4. I did not find info about iirc, I thought Synaptic is the default manager (?)

My program has already had the same search as dpkg -S does. But seems dpkg performs much faster; it worth trying to improve its performance. Your suggestions also helped me to find one wrong calculation, which must be fixed, thanks.
I will think about your other ideas, so far I implemented what I found useful myself, so any suggestions are welcome.

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 Re: Re: Re: Re: Syna

 by garoth on: Feb 29 2008
Score 50%
Xandros & Plutocracy

Well, I wish you the best. Cheers.

-Andrei "Garoth" Thorp

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