OnWorks favicon

apt-show-versionsp - Online in the Cloud

Run apt-show-versionsp in OnWorks free hosting provider over Ubuntu Online, Fedora Online, Windows online emulator or MAC OS online emulator

This is the command apt-show-versionsp that can be run in the OnWorks free hosting provider using one of our multiple free online workstations such as Ubuntu Online, Fedora Online, Windows online emulator or MAC OS online emulator



apt-show-versions - Lists available package versions with distribution


apt-show-versions parses the dpkg status file and the APT lists for the installed and
available package versions and distribution and shows upgrade options within the specific
distribution of the selected package.

This is really useful if you have a mixed stable/testing environment and want to list all
packages which are from testing and can be upgraded in testing.

apt-show-versions uses caching for the status information of installed and available
packages. If you run apt-show-versions as root the cache is updated as needed. If you run
as non-root uses the newest available information, but can't update the cache. If you run
as root with the option -i the cache is initialized or updated only.


apt-show-versions [-h] [[-p] package name] [-a] [-b]


If you don't give any options the status of all installed packages is printed.

-p package, --package=package
Print available and installed versions for specified package. You can also specify a
package name without the option -p. If -p and a package name are missing, all
installed packages are displayed.

-r, --regex
interpret package from option -p as a regex.

-R, --regex-all
like --regex, but also show matching packages which are not installed

-u, --upgradeable
Print only upgradeable packages

-a, --allversions
Print all available versions of the selected packages

-b, --brief
Print only package_name/distribution for upgradeable packages

-v, --verbose
Prints out messages about which package files are parsed.

-V, --version
Prints out version of apt-show-versions

-i, --initialize
Initialize or update package cache only (as root). Do this every time when the status
of the installed or available packages has changed. Initialization is done
automatically on installation of the package and via a cron.daily job.

-stf file, --status-file=file
Use file as the dpkg status file instead of /var/lib/dpkg/status

-ld directory, --list-dir=directory
Use directory as path to apt's list files instead of /var/state/apt/lists/ or

-h, --help
Prints out command-line help.


0 No error

1 Wrong usage

2 apt-show-versions has been called with exactly one package and upgradeable option set,
but package is uptodate. As no output has been requested, this case gets signaled
using the exit code.

255 Unspecified error


If you want to know for all your installed packages whether they are uptodate or
upgradeable, use:


If you want to have a list of all upgradeable packages:

apt-show-versions -u

To get a list of all available versions of libc6:

apt-show-versions -a -p libc6

To get information about several packages:

apt-show-versions dpkg apt

apt-show-versions -r ^texlive

To upgrade all packages in testing:

apt-get install `apt-show-versions -u -b | grep testing`

Use apt-show-versionsp online using onworks.net services

Free Servers & Workstations

Download Windows & Linux apps

  • 1
    itop - ITSM  CMDB OpenSource
    itop - ITSM CMDB OpenSource
    IT Operations Portal: a complete open
    source, ITIL, web based service
    management tool including a fully
    customizable CMDB, a helpdesk system and
    a document man...
    Download itop - ITSM CMDB OpenSource
  • 2
    Clementine is a multi-platform music
    player and library organizer inspired by
    Amarok 1.4. It has a fast and
    easy-to-use interface, and allows you to
    search and ...
    Download Clementine
  • 3
    ATTENTION: Cumulative update 2.4.3 has
    been released!! The update works for any
    previous 2.x.x version. If upgrading
    from version v1.x.x, please download and
    Download XISMuS
  • 4
    Modular headtracking program that
    supports multiple face-trackers, filters
    and game-protocols. Among the trackers
    are the SM FaceAPI, AIC Inertial Head
    Tracker ...
    Download facetracknoir
  • 5
    Weaviate in a nutshell: Weaviate is a
    vector search engine and vector
    database. Weaviate uses machine learning
    to vectorize and store data, and to find
    Download Weaviate
  • 6
    PHP QR Code
    PHP QR Code
    PHP QR Code is open source (LGPL)
    library for generating QR Code,
    2-dimensional barcode. Based on
    libqrencode C library, provides API for
    creating QR Code barc...
    Download PHP QR Code
  • 7
    Cuckoo Sandbox
    Cuckoo Sandbox
    Cuckoo Sandbox uses components to
    monitor the behavior of malware in a
    Sandbox environment; isolated from the
    rest of the system. It offers automated
    analysis o...
    Download Cuckoo Sandbox
  • More »

Linux commands