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February 25th, 2011, 12:23 AM
If I don't know the exact name of a package, I can search for it using the search box in Synaptic. Let's say for example, I wanted to install a package named package-1ubuntu5. If I did not know the exact name, I could enter 'package' in the search box and get a list of all packages containing the phrase 'package'.
How can I do this from the command-line if I don't know the exact name of the package? Now, I don't mean entering the package version as in:
apt-get install package=1ubuntu5
But instead list all packages containing the phrase 'package'.
February 25th, 2011, 12:52 AM
Open the synaptic package manager and search for the package and mark for installation. I think that may be easier than guessing at package names in the terminal .
If there are many similar packages you will have to find the exact one you need.
February 25th, 2011, 12:58 AM
Yeah so I can do that. But, I am trying to learn to do most everything from the CLI.
February 25th, 2011, 01:20 AM
You can use "apt-cache" for that:
February 25th, 2011, 02:20 AM
Seems to be what I was looking for. Will certainly have a closer look at it. Thanks.
February 25th, 2011, 04:11 AM
apt-cache search <package> or
aptitude search <package> will give you similar output. Once you know the complete package name, use
apt-cache show <package name> to give you full details. The dpkg command has tons of options for manipulating packages too. Also, it's worthwhile in my opinion to learn aptitude as a stand alone package manager.
February 25th, 2011, 04:27 AM
The dpkg command has tons of options for manipulating packages too. Also, it's worthwhile in my opinion to learn aptitude as a stand alone package manager.
I've looked at apt-cache and it does what I wanted. I've never used the Aptitude package manager as I've become familiar with apt-get and dpkg. So apt-cache will work quite well for me. Just need to figure out how to pipe apt-cache search regex into apt-get install.
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