Packages by Purpose

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  • Generate presentations using LaTeX -- latex-beamer
  • Modify the rpath of a binary -- chrpath
  • Generate ASCII art - cadubi
  • Record desktop session to animated GIF - byzanz
  • Render anti-aliased text from plaintext source - gozer
  • Chop and merge MPEG2 streams - gopchop
  • Linux source tree manager - ketchup
  • PNG metainfo dumper - pngcheck, pngmeta
  • JPEG metainfo dumper - jpeginfo
  • Patch management tool - quilt
  • Hex editor - hexedit, hexeditor (ncurses-hexedit)
  • GNOME image thumbnailer - gthumb
  • GNOME image viewer - gimv (gimageview)
  • GNOME Unicode charset browser - gucharmap
  • Create graphics from relationship sets - graphviz
  • Manipulate graphic files - convert (imagemagick)
  • Collect stdin then open and write to stdout - sponge (moreutils)
  • Edit a directory in vi - vidir (moreutils)
  • Insert vi into a pipeline - vipe (moreutils)
  • Write stdin to multiple files - tee (coreutils)
  • Write stdin to multiple pipes - pee (moreutils)
  • Secure file deletion - wipe
  • Run a binary repeatedly every n seconds - watch
  • Run a process as a daemon - daemon
  • More reasonable GNU Info page browser - pinfo
  • Python source checker - pychecker
  • HTML/XHTML checker - tidy
  • LaTeX checker - lacheck
  • XSLT processor - xsltproc, xalan
  • Command-line XML/XSLT manipulations - xmlstarlet (xml on FreeBSD)
  • Extract text from MS Word - antiword
  • Extract text from HTML - html2text
  • Detect MIME type / extract metainfo - extract
  • Detect filetype based on magic number - file
  • Read EDID via VBE/DDC - get-edid | parse-edid (read-edid)
  • POSIX time(1) - time (time package, not shell builtin)
  • Query DNS servers - dig (dnsutils)
  • Time HTTP header retrieval - httping
  • Display bandwidth usage by hostpairs - iftop
  • General X image viewer - xli
  • Display overal system statistics - saidar
  • Carve up packet dump files - tcpxtract
  • Create a UDF filesystem - mkudffs (udftools)
  • Set up packet writing (block access of RW optical media) - pktsetup (udftools)
  • Create a VideoCD image - mkvcdfs (vcdtools)
  • Speech synthesis - festival
  • x86, PPC, SPARC, ARM emulation - qemu
  • Processor VT capability-aware qemu - kvm
  • Record / playback a TTY - ttyrec / ttyplay (ttyrec)
  • Break a Unicode file into character ranges - unidesc
  • Print Unicode character data for all characters in a file - uniname (unidesc)
  • Look up Unicode characters - utf8lookup (unidesc)