Eric at on 9 Apr 2013 13:30:47 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Useful distro-specific utilities that shouldn't be distro-specific

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On 04/09/2013 04:01 PM, Rich Freeman wrote:
> I was just following gentoo-dev and noticed a mention of a useful utility called lddtree which offers friendlier output formats than ldd and a few more options (useful for scripting).  It is provided by a package called pax-utils, and looking at some of the other programs in this package like scanelf and dumpelf it struck me that this is really something that isn't distro-specific and which would be useful elsewhere.
> We also have debian-utils which obviously came from Debian, and includes utilities like run-parts and and tempfile.
> That got me thinking - how many scripts/tools/etc are floating around in distro-specific packages that really are things that would be useful to know about in case people want to grab them and use them for their own purposes on their own distros.  You don't have to run Gentoo to benefit from a generic ELF parser.
> If anybody has similar tools they'd like to toss out in this thread I'd be interested in hearing about them.  Who knows - this might even be a good topic for a meeting...
> Rich

+1  ...Great idea.

I wonder if some could be ported to other distros?  I'd like to see those
you mention ported to Ubuntu.

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