Does Ubuntu have Package X? September 28, 2005Posted by Carthik in ubuntu.
One of the coolest ways to check if the ubuntu repositories has the package you want is to use the http://packages.ubuntu.com website. The main page has a search tool too, but that is not what this post here is about.
You can type a url like http://packages.ubuntu.com/<package-name> to find out details about the package with name <package-name>. In simpler terms, say I wanted to find if WordPress (the thingy used to power this blog) is available for Ubuntu, I would type in:
http://packages.ubuntu.com/wordpress into my browser, and be taken to a page with information regarding the versions of WordPress found in various releases, complete with version numbers, and the component of the repository in which they can be found (“universe”, for example). The results of the search are as follows:
Package Search Results
You have searched for packages named wordpress in all distributions, all sections, and all architectures.
Found 1 matching packages, displaying package 1.
* warty (web): a semantic personal publishing platform or weblog manager [universe]
* hoary (web): a semantic personal publishing platform or weblog manager [universe]
* breezy (web): an award winning weblog manager [universe]
Addendum: Pascal tells us that, on the freenode servers chat channel #ubuntu, which is the official support and discussion room on IRC for ubuntu, if you type:
Then the bot ubotu will provide you with the same details regard the “app”.