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Old 06-19-2006, 04:41 PM   #1
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Command line Application search

Hi there, I am a newb to linux. Right now I am running Ubunto Dapper. I understanb the apt-get command, and I have a question. My old teacher showed me a way to search for programs using the command like something like apt-search "program name" and then it would bring back programs with the program name you were looking for, and from that you would go apt-get install "program name". I don't remember the syntax for this way of searching for programs, and I was wondering if anyone could help me out with that. I have looked in help and man files. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks a lot.
Old 06-19-2006, 04:48 PM   #2
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Try installing synaptic (apt-get install synaptic). It's a GUI for apt, makes searching and installing packages a lot easier!
Old 06-20-2006, 12:22 AM   #3
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The command line way to do it is
apt-cache search "program name or part"
Glad to see a newbie looking for CLI way to do things. Nothing wrong with synaptic, except when you get on a headless system, and can't use it!

Old 06-20-2006, 10:12 AM   #4
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thanks a lot for the help guys, I appreciate it


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