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