How do I know which package is which?

Soo-Hyun Choi shchoi at
Tue Mar 22 11:44:47 UTC 2005

I have already 'apt-cache' installed on my system, and tried to find
whether GNU Plot is included in the cached list. But turned out it is
not there.

In this case, I need to go over GNU homepage and install it manually??


On Tue, 22 Mar 2005 11:28:21 +0000, David Hart <ubuntu at> wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-03-22 at 11:10 +0000, Soo-Hyun Choi wrote:
> > For example, if I would like to install GNU Plot, how do I know to
> > which I need to type when I do "sudo apt-get install <what-to-say>"?
> If it's not installed on your system install apt-cache. 'apt-get install
> apt-cache'
> Then you can do say, 'apt-cache search plot' to find all packages with
> plot somewhere in the text description and 'apt-cache show gnuplot' to
> show the particular package.  'man apt-cache' for more info.
> > Let say, how do I see all of the package lists which can be installed
> > by 'apt-get'? I've looked up Synaptic but seems it doesn't say
> > everything.
> It does show all available packages.  Look at the drop down list
> underneath the reload button.
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