What shows what an uninstalled package does?
If I want to find out about a package. I mean, like what it actually
does, what is the right command, when the package is not installed but
apt-cache knows about it?
`apt-cache showpkg <package>' gives some information but doesn't tell you
what the package does. If its not installed then dpkg -I doesn't know
Combing thru `man apt-cache' I found the -f (full) operator too but
`apt-cache -f showpkg <package> still doesn't really tell what a package
I don't see anymore choices in `man apt-cache' that look likely.
`man apt-get' doesn't indicate a such an option either.
In case any former redhat users see this, I'm looking for something that
works like `rpm -qip <package>' (which also works on ftp sites that allow
It gives a general blurb that tells what the package does.
I guess the next thing after learning what packages do that one has in
cache would be to be able to learn what packages do by name, where ever
they are. That is, an http or ftp interface that pulls down that info.