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How to view information about a package in Ubuntu

📅 2013-Jun-05 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ apt, ubuntu ⬩ 📚 Archive

A lot of information about a package can be viewed in Ubuntu. For example, the version, dependencies, description and such.

The most common way to look up information about a package is using apt-cache:

$ apt-cache show foobar

If you are most familiar with aptitude, the command is similar with that too:

$ aptitude show foobar

Tried with: Ubuntu 14.04

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