Re: 'apt-cache search' question #2
On Sat, 19 Apr 2003 12:39:07 -0400 Travis Crump wrote:
> Bill Webster wrote:
> > Here's what I did:
> > 1) Emptied the sources.list file (0 length file)
> > 2) ran 'apt-get update'
> > 3) ran 'apt-cache search ".*"'
> > I get a list of 774 packages???
> Let me guess, you have 774 packages installed? apt-cache search has
> always additionally searched locally installed packages for me and I
> always thought that this was a useful feature. Though I don't know
> how exactly it does this.
apt-cache must use the status file under /var/lib/dpkg, which contains
information on installed packages (even when they're already gone from
the Debian servers).