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Hello I want to remove software (for example transmission) using Terminal. How can i find the package name for the software ?

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Do you know about the auto-complete feature in apt-get? If you enter 'apt-get remove tra', and then press tab twice, it will show all the packages starting with tra. – sashoalm Mar 27 '11 at 18:36
auto-complete doesn't work for me 10.10 – vrcmr Mar 27 '11 at 23:39
Are you sure? Have you tried with other package names, but ones you know are installed? – sashoalm Mar 28 '11 at 6:02
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search for it using

sudo apt-cache search name


sudo apt-cache search transmission


conkytransmission - Transmission torrent info, for use in Conky

transgui - Remote GUI for Transmission daemon

transmission - lightweight BitTorrent client

transmission-cli - lightweight BitTorrent client (command line interface)

transmission-common - lightweight BitTorrent client (common files)

transmission-daemon - lightweight BitTorrent client (daemon)

transmission-gtk - lightweight BitTorrent client (GTK interface)

transmission-qt - lightweight BitTorrent client (Qt interface)

at the last (the most relevant results will be at the last since it is the terminal)

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I don't know why but the PACKAGE NAME transmission doesn't work. – vrcmr Mar 27 '11 at 13:45
My question was: How can I find the PACKAGE NAME of an application for further removing it by typing its name in terminal? – vrcmr Mar 27 '11 at 13:48
You can also try dpkg -l|grep -i transmission to locate package names associated with it. – Jamess Mar 27 '11 at 14:19
apt-cache search is not suitable for listing installed packages. – Takkat Mar 27 '11 at 15:41
This is CRAZY!!! to many editors. Are you able to look into edit history? I should ask question and make screenshot of it. And then upload it here:) The original question was a little bit different. – vrcmr Mar 27 '11 at 23:37

To query installed packages we can use powerful search functions from DPKG package management:

  • dpkg-query --list 'pattern*' lists all packages that have not been purged
  • dpkg-query --search 'pattern*' searches for individual files installed

You can use wildcards in the search pattern to find packages when only part of the package name is known.

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