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.
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:
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 | fgrep testing`
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