Do we have it in the repository? Search repos from the terminal.

Hi all…

How many times were You asked “Do You have package XyZ in the repositories?“? Sometimes You know the answer and You will be able to say “Yes we do coz I am using it.“. Sometimes however You just don’t know… So You open synaptic and search for the package name… And what if there is MUCH quicker way?

apt-cache search packagename

Apt-Cache Search...

This is also the way to find out the proper name of the package in case of installing from the CLI… without access to the synaptic ;).

If You want to make sure that You are searching amongst the most recent packages in the repository You may want to run this command before searching:

su -c "apt-get update"