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Re: show searched packages including versions





On Wed, 3 Jan 2018, Felix Miata wrote:

> I've had no luck finding a way to search in Debian that lists versions along
> with names. In openSUSE, this is somewhat simple to discover, as zypper includes
> everything in one man page rather than having various names to learn along with
> separate (or not) man pages, such as apt-cache, apt-get, apt-mark, apt-file,
> apt-key, aptitude and dpkg. Generally my searches are seeking whether newer
> version is yet available. ATM, the goal is finding whether mc-4.8.17 or older
> can readily be replaced by the current version, mc-4.8.20. Output I would like
> in a form similar to what follows (from openSUSE):
> 
> # zypper se -sx firefox-esr
> 
> S  | Name        | Type       | Version      | Arch   | Repository
> ---+-------------+------------+--------------+--------+--------------
> vl | firefox-esr | package    | 52.5.3-1.1   | i586   | Mozilla131
> vl | firefox-esr | package    | 45.8.0-1.3   | i586   | MozillaLegacy
> vl | firefox-esr | package    | 38.8.0-1.22  | i586   | MozillaLegacy
> vl | firefox-esr | package    | 31.8.0-1.30  | i586   | MozillaLegacy
> vl | firefox-esr | package    | 17.0.11-1.49 | i586   | MozillaLegacy
> vl | firefox-esr | package    | 52.5.3-1.1   | i586   | Mozilla
> 
> Even better would show packages sorted first by version and skipping arch.
> 
> Can any similar output be provided in Debian? If yes, is there a config option
> to make it default?

I don't expect any newer version of mc to be available on stretch, ever.  
You can see the current stable with apt show mc.  If I wanted to see 
versions of it in all releases, including backports, testing and 
unstable, I would go to https://packages.debian.org/mc this works for all 
packages.  I would never use another version with stable, except 
stable-backports.

good luck!