When I run this command :

apt install libkf5*

I get the following error :

Unable to locate package libkf5*

I'm sure that the packages whose names start with libkf5 exist (tab-completion says so) . So the problem is not about the absence of those packages.(Note the asterisk at the end of that error message , the wildcard's not working at all)
I use apt v.1.9.
Thanks in advance.

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    That can be a very dangerous way to locate a package. If you are not careful, you might install something you didn't expect. – user535733 Mar 20 at 18:30
  • I'm confused. What does this have to do with bash expansion? Or even bash at all? – Jörg W Mittag Mar 21 at 10:49

Recent versions of apt changed the way patterns are specified, and apt no longer supports regular expressions or wildcards.

You should now use

apt install '~nlibkf5.*'

with apt 1.9.9 or later, or the long form

apt install '?name(libkf5.*)'

available slightly earlier.

See the apt-patterns manpage (man apt-patterns) for details.

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One can still use plain apt-get for such purpose.

For the OP's example it will look like

sudo apt-get install libkf5*

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    Thanks N0rbert. Apt-get should be backward-compatible (but not apt ) as stated here, so it should work. – Parsa Mousavi May 28 at 18:20

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