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Author: Alessandro Vesely
To: dng
Subject: Re: [DNG] Alternatives to synaptic?
On Fri 10/Jan/2020 01:35:55 +0100 Erik Christiansen wrote:
> On 09.01.20 17:44, Alessandro Vesely via Dng wrote:
>> Synaptic is convenient as it allows to search for keywords, e.g. "pdf", and
>> choose a package that does the task at hand. Google does the same, but is not
>> version specific.
> For many years I have found "apt-cache search <sometext>", piped to more
> or grep for further refining, eminently satisfactory. Yes, "pdf" is a
> sufficiently vague query to elicit a surfeit of matches, but when I look
> for e.g. "avr", the matchlist is very concise.

apt-cache, yes! That works very well. If I pipe through less rather than more
I can restrict the output by, say, '&view', and examine a package by issuing
'!apt-cache show package| less'...