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Old 01-12-2010, 10:33 AM
Clive Standbridge
Default dependency hell + I want to keep deb installation files local ...

> I prefer "dselect update"
> over "apt-get update" or "aptitude update" because it downloads
> package
> descriptions for all available packages, not just installed packages.
> I can then use, for example,
> dpkg-query -p xxx|less
> where xxx is the name of any package, installed or not, and view its
> description.

apt-get/aptitude update do retrieve the package descriptions. You can
view them with e.g.
apt-cache show xxx


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