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Ubuntu 9.10

I am wondering what apt-cache show emacs.

However, it gives information about emacs but doesn't show if it is currently installed or not.

How can I find if a package and version is currently installed?

Many thanks,

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Use dpkg:

dpkg -s emacs

there is also dpkg-query which allows you to use wildcards in your search:

dpkg-query -l '*emacs*'
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I did try aptitude show emacs. This is a snippet: "State: not installed" – ant2009 Dec 9 '09 at 4:58
didn't know about dpkg-query; i've always just used dpkg -l | grep emacs or similar. – quack quixote Dec 9 '09 at 5:52

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