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For example, I am trying to install the latest version of Gnome-Do, provided by the following PPA.


However, I am unable to find the latest build. Therefore I would like to search the available packages for the PPA so I can perform the install.

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Thanks to tobu in ServerFault:


grep ^Package: /var/lib/apt/lists/ppa.launchpad.net_*_Packages 

Or more flexible:

grep-dctrl -sPackage . /var/lib/apt/lists/ppa.launchpad.net_*_Packages 

For fancier querying, use apt-cache policy and aptitude as described here:

aptitude search '~O LP-PPA-gstreamer-developers'

You shall modify the search queries to meet your requirements:

aptitude search '~O LP-PPA-do-tester'
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Worked like a charm; I used the first option provided. Turns out there are no packages for the example PPA in the original post... – Alex Brooks Aug 21 '13 at 3:50
sudo apt-get update my friend ;) – Braiam Aug 21 '13 at 3:53
I did, but still nothing. I will just find another way to update it :) – Alex Brooks Aug 21 '13 at 3:58
@AlexBrooks check apt-cache policy <package_name>, maybe you already have the latest version. – Braiam Aug 21 '13 at 3:59

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