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apt-find - Ask where to find a Debian package


apt-find [ -v|<B--verbose ]> [ --arch ] query


This script gives a simple command-line interface to the search engine of The output consist of sources.list entries.


The following options are supported:

-v, --verbose

Verbose output. Add comments before the sources.list entry giving the list of matching package names, one by line.


    # libhttp-proxy-perl 0.08-1 (all)
    # libhttp-proxy-perl 0.08-2 (all)
    deb /

Where arch is one of the Debian architectures, as listed in the search form of

At the time of the release of this script, the list was: all, alpha, arm, hppa, hurd-i386, i386, ia64, m68k, mips, mipsel, powerpc, s390, sh, sparc.

all, i386 are the form default if no option is given.


Copyright 2004 Philippe "BooK" Bruhat, <>.


This module is free software; you can redistribute it or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.