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apt-show-versions - Lists available package versions with distribution
apt-show-versions parses the dpkg status file and the APT lists for the
installed and available package versions and distribution and shows
upgrade options within the specific distribution of the selected
This is really useful if you have a mixed stable/testing environment
and want to list all packages which are from testing and can be
upgraded in testing.
apt-show-versions uses caching for the status information of installed
and available packages. If you run apt-show-versions as root the cache
is updated as needed. If you run as non-root uses the newest available
information, but can't update the cache. If you run as root with the
option -i the cache is initialized or updated only.
apt-show-versions [-h] [[-p] package name] [-a] [-b]
If you don't give any options the status of all installed packages is
-p package, --package=package
Print available and installed versions for specified package. You
can also specify a package name without the option -p. If -p and a
package name are missing, all installed packages are displayed.
interpret package from option -p as a regex.
like --regex, but also show matching packages which are not
Print only upgradeable packages
Print all available versions of the selected packages
Print only package_name/distribution for upgradeable packages
Prints out verbose messages.
Initialize or update package cache only (as root). Do this every
time when the status of the installed or available packages has
-stf file, --status-file=file
Use file as the dpkg status file instead of /var/lib/dpkg/status
-ld directory, --list-dir=directory
Use directory as path to apt's list files instead of
/var/state/apt/lists/ or /var/lib/apt/lists/
Prints out command-line help.
0 No error
1 Wrong usage
2 apt-show-versions has been called with exactly one package and
upgradeable option set, but package is uptodate. As no output has
been requested, this case gets signaled using the exit code.
255 Unspecified error
If you want to know for all your installed packages whether they are
uptodate or upgradeable, use:
If you want to have a list of all upgradeable packages:
To get a list of all available versions of libc6:
apt-show-versions -a -p libc6
To get information about several packages:
apt-show-versions dpkg apt
apt-show-versions -r ^texlive
To upgrade all packages in testing:
apt-get install `apt-show-versions -u -b | fgrep testing`
Christoph Martin, martinATuni-mainz.de
perl v5.10.0 2008-09-16 APT-SHOW-VERSIONS(1p)