Is there a curses-based mp3 player available in FreeBSD ?

Alphons van Werven freebsd at
Wed Oct 19 22:59:19 UTC 2016

Polytropon wrote:

> The use of the "locate" command requires that the corresponding
> database has been built (and is up to date). This is not always
> the case, especially on "user PCs" due to the database creation
> happening when the PC is switched off. ;-)

Moreover, "make search" has name=... and key=... arguments that allow
searching for more than just the name of the port.

For instance, I once wrote a curses-based mpg123 frontend myself. But it
was called FooBox, so something along the lines of
% locate -i mp3|grep ports
would fail to find it (if it had been in the ports tree, that is).

One can also use tools such as find(1) and/or awk(1) to search the ports
tree for certain functionality, although some of these methods can be very
slow if you're not careful. For example, I do NOT recommend the following:
% find /usr/ports -type f -name pkg-descr -exec grep -iH mp3 {} \;
Also, awk(1) requires a /usr/ports/INDEX-* file being present and current.
If I remember correctly portsnap(8) will update/maintain that file, but if
you update your ports tree using SVN or Git you need to run "make index"
manually, which can take a sod of a long time.

Of course, if one does have access to an X environment and a web browser,
there's always FreshPorts ;-) In fact, when you find a port that looks
promising and it has a website, you can click straight through and check
it out more thoroughly.


A.J. "Fonz" van Werven <freebsd at>
Leonard: Our [his and Penny's] babies would be smart *and* beautiful.
Sheldon: Not to mention imaginary.
                         -- The Big Bang Theory, season 1 episode 3
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