List of application sections

Preston Hagar prestonh at
Tue Apr 16 17:33:10 UTC 2013

On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM, Big bang theory
<baglio.giuseppe at>wrote:

> Hi, there is any way, though a shell command, to get the section names of
> all
> ubuntu applications?
> I mean:
> Administration Utilities
> Mono/CLI
> Communication Programs
> Databases
> ...
> i.e like in this page
> --

apt-cache pkgnames

will list all packages available to be installed (but it doesn't put them
in categories like that page)

dpkg -l

will list all installed packages in the system.

Depending on what you are trying to do, you could also try out


It won't list out the packages to parse for a script or anything like that,
but it will let you "browse" through packages by category on the command

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