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November 26, 2006

Searching for apt-get Packages on Ubuntu Linux

I've been needing this for some time; the ability to search for apt-get packages on Ubuntu when I don't know the name of the package. Turns out there's a corresponding utility for doing this:

shell> apt-cache search <search string>

You'll want to be sure your repository is up to date with apt-get update. Today I need DBI to get Perl connected to MySQL, but can't figure out what the apt-get package name is (I tried "DBI", "perl-DBI", "DBI-perl"). A search immediately gives me what I need:

shell> apt-cache search dbi
libdbd-mysql-perl - A Perl5 database interface to the MySQL database
libdbi-perl - Perl5 database interface by Tim Bunce
libxml-sax-perl - Perl module for using and building Perl SAX2 XML processors

And find that apt-get install libdbi-perl gets me right back on the road.

Ubuntu (in this case the apt utilities) just makes things so easy.

Posted by mike at November 26, 2006 8:24 AM