Get update type of .deb file

Giuseppe Baglio baglio.giuseppe at
Tue Apr 2 10:30:29 UTC 2013

WOW thank you very much! I think this is what i need 

 Da: Tom H <tomh0665 at>
A: Ubuntu Users <ubuntu-users at> 
Inviato: Mercoledì 27 Marzo 2013 19:21
Oggetto: Re: Get update type of .deb file
On Wed, Mar 27, 2013 at 12:53 PM, Giuseppe Baglio
<baglio.giuseppe at> wrote:
> My question is really simple: how I can get the update type of a deb
> package?
> Example:
> vim_7.3.429-2ubuntu2.1_amd64.deb -> precise
> vim_7.3.429-2ubuntu2_amd64.deb  -> precise-updates
> vino_3.4.2-0ubuntu1.2_amd64.deb -> precise-security
> vino_3.4.1-0ubuntu1_amd64.deb -> precise

aptitude search -F "%p %t %v %V" vim
aptitude search -F "%p %t %v %V" ^vim$

apt-cache madison vim

apt-cache policy vim

(less obviously because you have to look at the name of the
"/var/lib/apt/lists/..._Packages" file associated with the vim
apt-cache showpkg vim

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