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I was wondering how to get the information about a package in terminal, before installation with apt-get install so that I can decide whether to install it, based on the description.

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Use

 apt-cache show PACKAGE

to see the description and some other information about package PACKAGE.

If you install apt-file (not installed by default) you can use

 apt-file list PACKAGE

to see what files the package contains.

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