I was manually installing X server and lxde on my cellphone's chrooted ubuntu.

There were a couple of packages suggested after install related to touchscreen support.

I can't remember the name of those packages. I checked the apt and dpkg logs and history but it only shows the messages during install not the suggestions after.

How can I get again this suggestions without reinstalling?


Maybe $ apt-cache show lxde | grep Suggests ?

  • nope, I guess these suggestions came from a required automatically selected package (there where at least 20 and I would like not having to check them all), but still, great command you just introduced me to, thanks – NotGaeL Mar 26 '12 at 17:30

Just found this today, for anyone who will be referring this in the future,

$ apt-cache depends lxde

If you want just the recommends, you can grep it.

$ apt-cache depends lxde |grep -i recommends



If you want the packages dependencies and only the ones that are related to touchscreens you might use nested commands:

apt-cache depends lxde

Here we get all dependencies. Now lets get the name of the packages only:

apt-cache depends lxde | awk -F': ' '{print $2}'

Now, getting rid of undesirable symbols < and >:

apt-cache depends lxde | awk -F': ' '{print $2}' | sed 's|[<>,]||g'

Now lets wrap it all in an apt-show:

apt-cache show $(apt-cache depends lxde | awk -F': ' '{print $2}' | sed 's|[<>,]||g') | grep -i touch

You will notice at the end a grep -i touch, you can change the touch part for whatever you are looking.

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