aptitude (the less-user-hostile wrapper on apt-get, for you oldsters), searches and prints too much when it finds packages. If I only want to see package names, what type?

I suppose a clever cut could do it.

  • Look up attitude. :) – Xavierjazz Oct 11 '14 at 2:40
  • You could try dpkg --get-selection instead, or dpkg -l for a little more information. dpkg --get-selections|sed 's/ *install$//' will give you just the package names. – AFH Oct 11 '14 at 10:55

You don't need to pipe the output to any other command. You can change the output format of aptitude with the -F switch. To just print the package names use -F%p.

aptitude search foo -F%p
  • Absolutely the right answer. Fiddling with cut, awk etc. here makes no sense. – Marki Dec 25 '17 at 16:31
$ aptitude search mboxgrep | awk '{print $2}'


$ aptitude search fgrep | cut -c5-35
  • tx that's sick. & AFH's comment won't hurt folks who e-search into here – Phlip Oct 11 '14 at 13:50

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