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Is it possible to list out the dependencies of a software/package in Ubuntu?

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apt-cache depends package

apt-cache depends shows a listing of each dependency a package has and all the possible other packages that can fulfill that dependency. (see: man apt-cache)

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Install apt-rdepends in Ubuntu

sudo aptitude install apt-rdepends

This will install all the required packages.

Using apt-rdepends

apt-rdepends Syntax

sudo apt-rdepends [options] [pkgs ...]

apt-rdepends Examples

sudo apt-rdepends bash

Output looks like below

Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree… Done
bash
Depends: base-files (>= 2.1.12)
Depends: debianutils (>= 2.15)
PreDepends: libc6 (>= 2.3.6-6)
PreDepends: libncurses5 (>= 5.4-5)
base-files
Depends: awk
Depends: base-passwd (>= 2.0.3.4)
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Type dpkg-deb -I file in a terminal. Note "file" represents the package whose dependencies you want to see.

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When I run "dpkg-deb -I totem", it says no such file found. Hence, I don't think this is an apt answer. –  harisibrahimkv May 4 '12 at 0:47

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