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;;; helm-apt.el --- Helm interface for Debian/Ubuntu packages (apt-*)
;; Copyright (C) 2012 Thierry Volpiatto <>
;; This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
;; it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
;; the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
;; (at your option) any later version.
;; This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
;; but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
;; GNU General Public License for more details.
;; You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
;; along with this program. If not, see <>.
;;; Code:
(eval-when-compile (require 'cl))
(require 'helm)
(require 'helm-utils)
(require 'helm-external)
(declare-function term-line-mode "term")
(declare-function term-char-mode "term")
(declare-function term-send-input "term")
(declare-function term-send-eof "term")
(defgroup helm-apt nil
"Apt related Applications and libraries for Helm."
:group 'helm)
(defface helm-apt-installed
'((t (:foreground "green")))
"*Face used for apt installed candidates."
:group 'helm-apt)
(defface helm-apt-deinstalled
'((t (:foreground "DimGray")))
"*Face used for apt deinstalled candidates."
:group 'helm-apt)
(defvar helm-c-source-apt
'((name . "APT")
(init . helm-c-apt-init)
(candidate-transformer helm-c-apt-candidate-transformer)
(display-to-real . helm-c-apt-display-to-real)
(requires-pattern . 2)
(update . helm-c-apt-refresh)
("Show package description" . helm-c-apt-cache-show)
("Install package" . helm-c-apt-install)
("Reinstall package" . helm-c-apt-reinstall)
("Remove package" . helm-c-apt-uninstall)
("Purge package" . helm-c-apt-purge))
(persistent-action . helm-c-apt-persistent-action)
(persistent-help . "Show package description")))
(defvar helm-c-apt-query "emacs")
(defvar helm-c-apt-search-command "apt-cache search '%s'")
(defvar helm-c-apt-show-command "apt-cache show '%s'")
(defvar helm-c-apt-installed-packages nil)
(defvar helm-c-apt-all-packages nil)
(defvar helm-c-apt-input-history nil)
(defun helm-c-apt-refresh ()
"Refresh installed candidates list."
(setq helm-c-apt-installed-packages nil)
(setq helm-c-apt-all-packages nil))
(defun helm-c-apt-persistent-action (candidate)
"Persistent action for APT source."
(helm-c-apt-cache-show candidate))
(defun helm-c-apt-candidate-transformer (candidates)
"Show installed CANDIDATES and the ones to deinstall in a different color."
(loop for cand in candidates
for name = (helm-c-apt-display-to-real cand)
collect (cond ((string= (assoc-default
name helm-c-apt-installed-packages)
(propertize cand 'face 'helm-apt-deinstalled))
((string= (assoc-default
name helm-c-apt-installed-packages)
(propertize cand 'face 'helm-apt-installed))
(t cand))))
(defun helm-c-apt-init ()
"Initialize list of debian packages."
(let ((query ""))
(unless (and helm-c-apt-installed-packages
(message "Loading package list...")
(setq helm-c-apt-installed-packages
(call-process-shell-command "dpkg --get-selections"
nil (current-buffer))
(loop for i in (split-string (buffer-string) "\n" t)
for p = (split-string i)
collect (cons (car p) (cadr p)))))
(setq helm-c-apt-all-packages
(get-buffer-create (format "*helm-apt*")))
(format helm-c-apt-search-command query)
nil (current-buffer))))
(message "Loading package list done")
(sit-for 0.5))))
(defun helm-c-apt-display-to-real (line)
"Return only name of a debian package.
LINE is displayed like:
package name - description."
(car (split-string line " - ")))
(defun helm-c-shell-command-if-needed (command)
"Run shell command COMMAND to describe package.
If a buffer named COMMAND already exists, just switch to it."
(let ((buf (get-buffer command)))
(helm-c-switch-to-buffer (get-buffer-create command))
(unless buf (insert (shell-command-to-string command)))))
(defun helm-c-apt-cache-show (package)
"Show information on apt package PACKAGE."
(format helm-c-apt-show-command package)))
(defun helm-c-apt-install (package)
"Run 'apt-get install' shell command on PACKAGE."
(helm-c-apt-generic-action :action 'install))
(defun helm-c-apt-reinstall (package)
"Run 'apt-get install --reinstall' shell command on PACKAGE."
(helm-c-apt-generic-action :action 'reinstall))
(defun helm-c-apt-uninstall (package)
"Run 'apt-get remove' shell command on PACKAGE."
(helm-c-apt-generic-action :action 'uninstall))
(defun helm-c-apt-purge (package)
"Run 'apt-get purge' shell command on PACKAGE."
(helm-c-apt-generic-action :action 'purge))
(defun* helm-c-apt-generic-action (&key action)
"Run 'apt-get ACTION'.
Support install, remove and purge actions."
(ansi-term (getenv "SHELL") "helm apt")
(let ((command (case action
('install "sudo apt-get install ")
('reinstall "sudo apt-get install --reinstall ")
('uninstall "sudo apt-get remove ")
('purge "sudo apt-get purge ")
(t (error "Unknow action"))))
(beg (point))
(cand-list (mapconcat #'(lambda (x) (format "'%s'" x))
(helm-marked-candidates) " ")))
(goto-char (point-max))
(insert (concat command cand-list))
(setq end (point))
(if (y-or-n-p (format "%s package" (symbol-name action)))
(setq helm-c-external-commands-list nil)
(setq helm-c-apt-installed-packages nil)
(term-char-mode) (term-send-input))
(delete-region beg end) (term-send-eof) (kill-buffer))))
(defun helm-apt (arg)
"Preconfigured `helm' : frontend of APT package manager.
With a prefix arg reload cache."
(interactive "P")
(let ((query (read-string "Search Package: " nil 'helm-c-apt-input-history)))
(when arg (helm-c-apt-refresh))
(helm :sources 'helm-c-source-apt
:prompt "Search Package: "
:input query
:history 'helm-c-apt-input-history)))
(provide 'helm-apt)
;; Local Variables:
;; coding: utf-8
;; indent-tabs-mode: nil
;; byte-compile-dynamic: t
;; End:
;;; helm-apt.el ends here
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