Search through all installed packages names (on RPM systems)

rpm -qa \*code\*
You can use wildcard with rpm search but you have to do 2 things: 1. use "-a" switch (means "all") with query ("-q") switch - argument is a pattern to use while searching for package names of all installed packages 2. protect wildcards, so that shell could not eat them - escape it with backslash ("\") or enclose all pattern between apostrophes ("'"): rpm -qa 'co*de' As you can see above it is possible to insert wildcards into middle of the pattern. If you want, you can add "-i" or another rpm query options, "-i" will print package information for all installed packages matching pattern.
Sample Output
iso-codes-1.5-1.fc8
pygtk2-codegen-2.12.0-2.fc8
recode-3.6-24.fc8
dmidecode-2.7-1.26.1.fc6
transcode-1.0.3-1.fc7
microcode_ctl-1.17-1.39.fc8

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By: alcik
2009-03-11 21:16:23

What Others Think

Ahh. Finally someone gets 'rpm -q'. I can't tell you how tired I am of seeing 'rpm -qa | grep foo'.
atoponce · 505 weeks and 1 day ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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