For a support information gathering tool, I like to be able to look up several apps by name (or rather by their bundle ID) and fetch their versions.
I don't like to use the
find command for this as that's not going to find all possible apps, or it'll take forever.
lsregister -dump, which knows about all those apps that interest me, but that command seems to offer no option to look up information only about specific apps. I'd have to filter the result with grep, but can't figure out how to filter it so that I can look for an app's bundle ID but also get the version (which appears in a different line).
mdfind, which might be suitable for my purpose.
Let's, for instance, say I want to know about all installed "Word" apps, such as the 2008, 2011 and 365 versions.
lsregister -dump | grep 'com\.microsoft\.Word', I'd get these lines:
identifier: com.microsoft.Word (0x800460c2) activityTypes: NOTIFICATION#:com.microsoft.Word, pv-e851f8544284d1
That's not helpful to inquire the version, is it?
mdfind "kMDItemCFBundleIdentifier == com.microsoft.Word" I'd get the paths:
/Applications/Microsoft Office 2008/Microsoft Word.app /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Microsoft Word.app
But how would I get the version from that? I thought I'd filter the resulting paths with
xargs but that doesn't work with the spaces in the paths.