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improve http://software.opensuse.org/search, group results, search for content

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openSUSE ist a good distribution and the openSUSE Build Service is a fantastic tool to build packages for it.
However, this solutions would be far more effient, if all the available packages can be found easily.
The interface through http://software.opensuse.org/search needs improvment.
E.g. searching for libreoffice for openSUSE-12.1 results in more than 80 pages (!),
because the search function returns not only the package "libreoffice" but also all packages that contain "libreoffice" as a substring of there name.
All found packages are displayed with full information, like
repository, package namem package version, description, manual download of i586, x86_64, src, 1-click install, link to OBS
Improvements:
- optional: distinguish between basic and advanced search
- in advanced search
- by default, only return exact matches
- allow regex based searches (or at least wildcards)
- most important: group the search results:
* package name
* version: repository, more info (OBS, 1-Click install, ...)
E.g.
* libreoffice
* 3.4.2.6-4.2.2 openSUSE:12.1/standard
* 3.4.4.3-2.1 LibreOffice:Stable/openSUSE_Tumbleweed
* ...
* libreoffice-base-drivers-mysql
* 3.4.2.6-4.2.2 openSUSE:12.1/standard
* 3.4.4.3-2.1 LibreOffice:Stable/openSUSE_Tumbleweed
* 3.4.4.3-84.1 LibreOffice:Unstable/openSUSE_12.1
* ...
* ...
because normaly I'm interessted in installing a package and therefore finding the best repository to add (LibreOffice:Stable sounbd more suitable than LibreOffice:Unstable or home:mytest)
I also always liked the package search from Debian http://www.debian.org/distrib/packages, where it is easily possible to search for the content of packages.
SUSEs approach to this has always been limited and the search from
http://packages.opensuse-community.org/ (webpin) is out of order.
The "official" site http://search.opensuse.org/packages/ results in an internal server error.
Even as this has worked, some month ago, you had to know the full path of the file you are looking for.

A package content based search over the full openSUSE reposiory would be a real benifit that makes ot a lot easier to use OBS in all its power.

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icons/user_comment.png M. S. wrote: (6 years ago)

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[opensuse-buildservice] Reworking the software search started at Thu, 01 Mar 2012 12:05:35 +0100

[opensuse-buildservice] Reworking the software search, part II stared at Mon, 12 Mar 2012 16:41:26 +0100

I have not jet read it all but there are discussion about and tests revamping the software search. So who is interested in this feature might be interested in the discussion on the mailing list, too.

Regards
Martin

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