I’ve been trying to remember to implement items from my zsh-dwim notes in my spare time. I managed to implement some
dpkg helpers this week.
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Every six months I upgrade Ubuntu. I always end up having to add at least one or two PPA repositories, using the
add-apt-repository command, every single time I upgrade. Just about every
add-apt-repository command is followed by an
apt-get upgrade. This transformation was definitely a no-brainer.
dpkg -S –>
This one was a little less obvious, but probably just as useful. Often enough, I’m interested in finding out exactly which package the file returned by the
which command belongs to. That usually means either typing
dpkg -S and pasting in the path, or recalling the previous command from history and manually adding the
dpkg -S and the required backticks.
That just seems like too much work. Now I just hit
control-u, and the
which command is converted directly into a correctly formatted
dpkg -S command.
I ended up taking it one step further. Hitting
control-u on a
dpkg -S command will transform the command into a slightly buggy
apt-cache show $(dpkg -S ) command. I’m not terribly happy with how the end result turned out; it ends up generating a rather verbose command.
You can find zsh-dwim at GitHub.