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This sounds like it should be a fairly straightforward question to answer but I haven't found it yet, only figures of main + universe, which is various figures over 24,000 depending on release.

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You can run the following command line:

for f in /var/lib/apt/lists/*Packages; do 
  printf '%5d %s\n' $(grep '^Package: ' "$f" | wc -l) ${f##*/}
done | sort -n

that on my machine show the following output

27433 it.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric_universe_binary-i386_Packages
 7768 it.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric_main_binary-i386_Packages
 1944 it.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric-updates_main_binary-i386_Packages
  664 it.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric_multiverse_binary-i386_Packages
  632 security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric-security_main_binary-i386_Packages
  605 it.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric-updates_universe_binary-i386_Packages
  167 security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric-security_universe_binary-i386_Packages
   67 it.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric-backports_universe_binary-i386_Packages
   24 it.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric-updates_multiverse_binary-i386_Packages
   21 it.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric_restricted_binary-i386_Packages
   13 extras.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric_main_binary-i386_Packages
   12 archive.canonical.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric_partner_binary-i386_Packages
   11 it.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric-backports_main_binary-i386_Packages
   10 security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric-security_multiverse_binary-i386_Packages
    6 it.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric-updates_restricted_binary-i386_Packages
    0 security.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric-security_restricted_binary-i386_Packages
    0 it.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric-backports_restricted_binary-i386_Packages
    0 it.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_oneiric-backports_multiverse_binary-i386_Packages
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Thanks for that command-fu. 7768 in oneiric main is quite impressive. As is 1944 in oneiric-updates main. –  neon_overload Apr 10 '12 at 13:28
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Each distribution is different. But you can get a good idea of what is available by using "aptitude" and looking at the numbers.

as an example (not installed packages 32180)

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This is not the answer to the particular question. –  sindikat Apr 10 '12 at 14:53
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