-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
pkg_find is a nice little shell script from Michael Erdely which lets you search packages for a given string and returns a list of matching packages (one of which you can then choose to install). It keeps a local copy of the index, and updates it every n days. There is a port tarball available.
It's only a couple hundred lines, and replaces the ghetto manual index grep I've been doing for a while. I kept meaning to write something exactly like this, but yay apathy. According to the comments on the post, he wrote it to get away from exactly that. :)
The next version of
pkg_add will include
-i, which will apparently do the same thing. Marc Espie has been kicking ass with the package system.
I should probably start tracking -CURRENT somewhere.