How to check what version of a package is available in the current ubuntu?

Oliver Grawert ogra at
Fri Feb 12 17:30:26 UTC 2010

Am Freitag, den 12.02.2010, 10:52 -0600 schrieb Peng Yu:
> My bash is of the following version. I'm wondering if I want to update
> bash what version I will get.
> $ bash --version
> GNU bash, version 3.2.39(1)-release (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu)
> Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
> I searched on the ubuntu website. There are too many related packages.
> Could somebody let me know which one will be used when bash is
> updated?
you seem to have installed jaunty (9.04) on your machine (you can check
that with the lsb_release -a command).

note that always defaults to the latest release of
ubuntu which would be karmic (9.10) to search for a package in jaunty
you need to explicitly select jaunty on the search form.

as you can see on version 3.2
is in jaunty while 4.0 is in karmic ...

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