apt: Searching for packages

Written by Benjamin Cane on 2011-08-24

Using the "Advanced Package Tool" aka apt to install utilities is one of the easiest ways to install software in Linux/Unix.

Here is an example of searching for packages.


[email protected]:~/Downloads$ apt-cache search libcurl3  
libcurl3 - Multi-protocol file transfer library (OpenSSL)  
libcurl3-dbg - libcurl compiled with debug symbols  
libcurl3-gnutls - Multi-protocol file transfer library (GnuTLS)  
libcurl3-nss - Multi-protocol file transfer library (NSS)  
libcurl4-gnutls-dev - Development files and documentation for libcurl(GnuTLS)  
libcurl4-nss-dev - Development files and documentation for libcurl (NSS)  
libcurl4-openssl-dev - Development files and documentation for libcurl (OpenSSL)

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Benjamin's specialty is keeping the lights on for mission critical systems. He is currently building applications that enable high concurrency financial transactions.

Recently Benjamin published his first book; Red Hat Enterprise Linux Troubleshooting Guide. In addition to writing, he has several Open Source projects focused on making Ops easier. These projects include Automatron, a project enabling auto-healing infrastructure for the masses.


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