Pacseek - A terminal user interface for searching and installing Arch Linux packages

Dear EOS community,

On Friday I started a little project mainly just to get my hands dirty with TUI programming.
Since then it evolved quite quickly and I now take the opportunity to shamelessly advertise it on this forum :wink:
Maybe it’s useful for someone :person_shrugging:

The program is called pacseek.
It is a small TUI application that can help you finding and installing/removing packages.
It supports the regular Arch repositories as well as the AUR.

If you want to play around with it, you can install pacseek from the AUR:

pacseek
pacseek-bin

Have fun and let me know how things go :wink:,
MO

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so should we replace pcurses with it ?
:enos_flag:

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Nice! But does functionality also extend to DDoS the AUR? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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Nope. What you are DDoSing is my own server :rofl: where I run my own implementation of the AUR /rpc endpoint. (the data is slightly less up-to-date than the AUR one, it’s being refreshed every 5 minutes…)

So Arch is not being harmed with this :wink:

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Nice job moson, just tried it and it runs great!

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While that is a little disappointing we’re only taking our your server and not the whole AUR, I’m going to give it a spin. It looks interesting, and useful if I don’t want to log onto the website like I usually do to search. Thanks!

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Yeah. That was pretty much the intention. While the usual AUR helpers already have search capabilities, I thought, a little bit more interactivity can’t harm :slight_smile:


Update to 0.1.1 is out.
Changed the coloring a bit and package installation is now also done with the ENTER key rather than CTRL+Space.

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is it also possible to add a .desktop ? pacseek.desktop you can easily find in your menu? :slight_smile: (i am lazy)

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Is it possible to get it to search the whole name? Say if I don’t know what I’m looking for specifically? I REALLY like the simplicity of this though. Great job for a 1.1 release

Screenshot from 2022-03-27 05-47-01

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I was just about going to add it :rofl:

Just wondering which icon to use. Any suggestions? “terminal” ?

It’s a “starts with” search basically. I guess you’d want “contains” instead ?
I pretty much did that because then I can utilize the “suggest” type /rpc call.
(Which is way less resource intensive then the “search” one)

I’ll think about it…
edit I’ll probably make that an option in the settings

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I’m sure it’s more resource intensive. Either way - I like the layout/simplicity of it and how it’s setup. Great start!

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a black pacman icon with with teeth?
:slight_smile:

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Sounds great.

I don’t have icon design skills at all though. Someone here who could help with this?

i am worse lol idea was like

image

haha

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Paging @SGS :grin:

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yeah, just it fits closly to the avatar of moson :slight_smile:

only some things on, standard it want to install packages with yay -Syu ? but other side is nice you can change it in setting

if as you want to find pdf , you only find pdf that starts with pdf :slight_smile: there should be more pdf viewers
:slight_smile:

further is simple.

Voila. New search option added.
Will be released in a couple of minutes :wink:

Full search will only work with 3 or more characters for the search term though (that’s a limitation of the /rpc API; makes sense though)

image

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BTW, can you set the AUR RPC URL to https instead of http? Or is there a reason why you use http?

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Nope, besides that it’s faster and there is not really a reason to encrypt that traffic.
But I can set up that up as well.

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