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LLE10116 : Howto print information about a package with aptitude on debian, ubuntu, kubuntu, knoppix, ...


You need background information about a package which is already installed


This is always interesting information


You can use the aptitude command with the show parameter.

e.g.  aptitude show galternatives

This command delivers the following information:

Paket: galternatives
Zustand: Installiert
Automatisch installiert: nein
Version: 0.12ubuntu1
Priorität: optional
Bereich: universe/admin
Verwalter: Gustavo Noronha Silva <>
Unkomprimierte Größe: 250k
Hängt ab von: python (< 2.5), python (>= 2.4), python-glade2
Empfiehlt: gksu
Kollidiert mit: gksu (< 0.8.0)
Beschreibung: graphical setup tool for the alternatives system
 A GUI to help the system administrator to choose what program should provide a given service.

 This is a graphical front-end to the update-alternatives program shipped with dpkg.


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