Find PPA for specific package

By | 9 Apr 2011

If you want to find out from which PPA a specific package was installed or what other PPAs hold it, you can use the following command: (found at

$ apt-cache policy mpd
  Installed: 0.16.2+git20110331.6d3ed3f-0ubuntu1~ripps1
  Candidate: 0.16.2+git20110331.6d3ed3f-0ubuntu1~ripps1
  Version table:
 *** 0.16.2+git20110331.6d3ed3f-0ubuntu1~ripps1 0
        500 maverick/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     0.16.1-1ubuntu1 0
        500 natty/universe amd64 Packages

Here you can see that the package mpg is in the PPA gmpc-trunk/mpd-trunk and also in the natty/universe repository. The installed version is that from the PPA – also indicated by the /var/lib/dpkg/status line.

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