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February 4th, 2010, 08:36 PM
Can you search for packages to install using the command prompt without using the ubuntu software center ?

February 4th, 2010, 08:43 PM
You mean the terminal? Yes:

sudo aptitude search PROGRAMNAME
sudo apt-get search PROGRAMNAME

And then use

sudo aptitude (or apt-get) install PROGRAMNAME

to install a program.

February 4th, 2010, 08:44 PM
apt-cache search <search term>

Use a program or file name as search term. For details of a specific package, run
apt-cache show <package name>

For a CLI menu interface, run
sudo aptitude

February 4th, 2010, 09:11 PM
Just to add to the reply by oldos2er.

Suppose you need to install a twitter client. Then enter the following command:

apt-cache search twitter

Then the terminal will display a list of packages related to 'twitter'. Suppose you want to know additional information about a particular package in that list, say gwibber. Then type:

apt-cache show gwibber

If the package is satisfactory, install it using:

sudo apt-get install gwibber