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Viewing Information About a Package September 9, 2005

Posted by Carthik in ubuntu.

Ever heard of a new package, and wanted to know more about the package without doing a websearch? which, I am afraid, is what I used to do 😉

Well, the way to do it is to fire up your terminal and type:

$sudo apt-cache show

For example, for the “WordPress” package, I get:  

$ apt-cache show wordpress
Package: wordpress
Priority: optional
Section: universe/web
Installed-Size: 1392
Maintainer: Gabriel Rodríguez Alberich
Architecture: all
Version: 1.2.2-1.1
Depends: httpd | apache, php4 | libapache2-mod-php4, php4-mysql, mysql-server (>= 4.0.20-8)
Filename: pool/universe/w/wordpress/wordpress_1.2.2-1.1_all.deb
Size: 239044
MD5sum: 7dedf42381ea1d34121aa926f40efff3
Description: a semantic personal publishing platform or weblog manager
 WordPress was born out of a desire for an elegant, well-architected
 personal publishing system built on PHP and MySQL and licensed under
 the GPL. It is the official successor of b2/cafelog, as b2 development
 has stopped.
 WordPress’s features as a weblog include XHTML 1.1 compliant output,
 support for the Trackback and Pingback standards, visitor’s comments,
 password-protected posts, multiple authors, importing from other blog
 applications, posting from e-mail and much more.
 Homepage: http://wordpress.org
Bugs: mailto:ubuntu-users@lists.ubuntu.com
Origin: Ubuntu


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