apt: Searching for packages

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 Cane is Principal Engineer at American Express. He has more than 16 years of experience with roles in both systems and software engineering. He leverages both his systems and software skills to build end-to-end platforms. Platforms, purpose built for performance and resiliency. Benjamin is also the author of Red Hat Enterprise Linux - Troubleshooting Guide (2015, Packt Publishing), and he has published many popular articles on topics such as Linux, Docker, Python, Go and Performance Tuning. Thoughts and Opinions expressed in my articles are my own.