What Is That OpenSolaris Package?

There is a small group of OpenSolaris engineers who have memorized all the names of the various Sun packages that are currently available and can tell you what they are and what they do.

This is no mean feat given that for quite a while, SVR4 package names were only 9 characters long and for the ones that came from Sun, the first four were typically "SUNW".

Being a mere mortal I haven't attained that level of enlightenment yet. So I put together this one-liner that helps me out.

  $ pkg info | nawk '{if ($1 ~ "Name:" || $1 ~ "Summary:") print $0}' > package-names.txt

Now if somebody mentions a particular package name, I can quickly furtle through my list and get its summary.

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