LKBEN11055: 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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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.