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    Question How to correctly use the openSuse website software search?

    I am encountering the following problem with the software search site of the openSUSE pages:

    I do find some of the packages.
    However I would like to know if there is a way to use "jokers" that is show me all package-name* packages. (Similar to the Yast search "show all that contain").
    More than that, even when I correctly get results they confuse me sometimes, because the older versions may be listed before the newer ones, sometimes they are "mixed".
    Is there a way to search in a way to have the newest version available of a certain package listed first, in front of the others? Or is there a precise logic based on repositories?
    Example: searching for libbluetooth3 where 3.4.49 packages are followed by 3.4.51 packages and again by 3.4.50 and so on.
    Of course it is possible to read through all the packages available but sometimes it is difficult then to find the corresponding packages of the same version.
    It would be nice to learn to use the search machine correctly.
    Thank you.
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    Default Re: How to correctly use the openSuse website software searc

    IMHO you use the search machine correct, but the machine is not very intelligent. It is like a grep. It searches the repos (in an order that may be defined by a list it has) and when the search string is found somewhere it lists. No sorting.
    Henk van Velden

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    Default Re: How to correctly use the openSuse website software search?

    > However I would like to know if there is a way to use "jokers" that
    > is show me all package-name packages. (Similar to the Yast search "show
    > all that contain").


    i tried using libbluetooth* and it returns zero hits...so, you can not
    use 'jokers'..

    however, a search on luetoot returned 315 binaries from 144 source
    packages including all libraries..and lots of other stuff...while a
    search on libblue returned 43 binaries from 21 source packages, and
    ALL are libbluetooth pachages..


    > More than that, even when I correctly get results they confuse me
    > sometimes, because the older versions may be listed before the newer
    > ones, sometimes they are "mixed".


    as already answered...you must manually sort though all of those
    returns looking for what YOU want/need..

    personally, i always use YaST since it usually finds what i need and
    i'm lazy and don't wanna do the self sorting either..

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    Default Re: How to correctly use the openSuse website software searc

    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    No sorting.
    I am not 100% sure about that; I use the search frequently (mostly when preparing an answer in one of the many "can not install $FOO on openSUSE-$BAR"-threads) and AFAICT, _if_ there is a package matching your request available in the official repos, that one is shown as the first hit.

    //Edit:

    There is also "Webpin":

    http://packages.opensuse-community.org/


    Compared to the search on "software.opensuse.org" it seems to be a little more intelligent searching for a file (let's say a kernel module like "atl1c.ko") very often gives you the correct package containing that file, but there are not so many Repos in the database of webpin than there are on software.opensuse.org (which seems to include all OBS repos).

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