mpv has a lot of dependencies and I don't know how to search for them. Is there a way to search for the packages that contain the dependencies?

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    mpv is available from the universe repository. apt depends mpv should give you the depends for mpv on your system. – DK Bose May 7 '18 at 13:23
  • Why do you wish to search for dependencies? Apt takes care of everything for you...if you are using it properly. – user535733 May 7 '18 at 13:58
  • You have lots of options. See How to list dependent packages (reverse dependencies)? apt depends works, but you can install rdepends and then use apt-rdepends -r <packagename>, may give a more thorough list...There's also apt-cache showpkg <packagename>. Or ubuntu-dev-tools provides reverse-depends. – Hee Jin May 7 '18 at 15:44
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    Possible duplicate of How to list dependent packages (reverse dependencies)? – Hee Jin May 7 '18 at 15:44

The following commands show information about a package (mpv in this case), including dependencies.

  • aptitude show mpv
  • apt show mpv

The following command shows dependencies recursively (the depends of depends of...):

  • apt-rdepends mpv

The following commands show reverse dependencies (packages for which this package is a dependency):

  • apt rdepends mpv
  • apt-rdepends -r mpv

The following command shows both dependencies and reverse dependencies:

  • apt-cache showpkg mpv

If you just want to install a package and have the package manager handle dependencies, use:

`aptitude install mpv`

aptitude automatically resolves conflicting dependencies during installation, whereas apt/apt-get do not.

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