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Suppose I have a package mypack_1.1.0_i386.deb. When I open it via Ubuntu Software Center it displays "mypack" as a display name. Obviously it gets the name from the "Package:" attribute of the 'control' file from the package. But there are packages with short package name in "Package:" attribute and more verbose display name in Ubuntu Software Center.

Is it possible to specify somewhere verbose display name for my package? Or for those packages USC get the display name from some internet database somehow?

I tried to use multiline "Description:" field in config file but this doesn't help.

  • Good question. I've downloaded a full-featured package source with verbose information in the USC, but this information wasn't present in there. I guess this is published by Ubuntu on their remote package database like the ratings by users. – gertvdijk Nov 7 '13 at 10:38
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You may be interested about apt-cache command with show option. For example, if you want to know the name for gimp package, run the following command in terminal:

apt-cache show gimp | grep "Filename:"

In general, for a package called package, you can use:

apt-cache show package | grep "Filename:" | awk -F'/' '{ print $NF }

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