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The Synaptic package manager's main window used to look similar to this (up to at least version 0.63):

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Note the three panes.

However, in version 0.75, it looks like this:

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So where did the detailed description pane (bottom right, first picture) go? And how do I reinstate it? This is really a make or break feature for me when browsing packages quickly.

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Grab this handle, and drag it up:


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Genius. Thank you! I would never have spotted that. – ire_and_curses Sep 11 '12 at 15:11

A good solution : use sudo apt-cache search apt |less In UNIX world try to reduce to using graphical software.

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I understand your point, but this doesn't help me. You only get single-line summaries with your command. Synaptic actually shows those too, as a column on the far right, although you can't see them in my screenshot. What I am interested in is easily scanning the paragraph of text below the summary line. – ire_and_curses Sep 11 '12 at 1:08
You can do it with apt-cache show PKG_NAME – PersianGulf Jan 31 '13 at 23:16

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