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I have Linux kali 3.12-kali1-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 3.12.6-2kali1 (2014-01-06) x86_64 GNU/Linux. I logged in as root, and tried to download using sudo apt-get install banner and I got

E: Unable to locate package banner

I searched around and then I added the following to my sources.list

deb http://http.kali.org/kali sana main non-free contrib
deb http://security.kali.org/kali-security sana/updates main contrib non-free

I still get E: Unable to locate package banner

  • Did you run apt-get update? – Mikel Nov 6 '15 at 17:35
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Did you run apt-get update first? If you did not, then run it, and try again.

If you can't still find the package, do apt-cache search banner to show a list of packages beginning with banner.

If you can't still find the package, it means it's no longer available.

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  • 1. apt-cache pkgnames doesn't require sudo. 2. apt-cache pkgnames only searches amongst installed packages. 3. use apt-cache search -n banner instead. – cas Nov 6 '15 at 23:06
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Debian does not provide a package named "banner". They do provide sysbanner, which may be what you are looking for:

Displays a `banner' text the same way as the System V banner does: horizontally.

I found that using aptitude. As suggested in a comment to the other answer, you could also see this (in Debian/testing) using apt-cache:

$ apt-cache search banner
adzapper - proxy advertisement zapper add-on
bsdmainutils - collection of more utilities from FreeBSD
claws-mail-multi-notifier - Various new mail notifiers for Claws Mail
doscan - port scanner for discovering services on large networks
figlet - Make large character ASCII banners out of ordinary text
libapache2-mod-layout - Apache web page content wrapper
linuxlogo - Color ANSI System Logo
nast - packet sniffer and lan analyzer
privoxy - Privacy enhancing HTTP Proxy
sysvbanner - System-V banner clone
texlive-latex-extra - TeX Live: LaTeX supplementary packages
wesnoth-1.10-sof - "The Sceptre of Fire" official campaign for Wesnoth (branch 1.10)

which shows another package providing a banner program: bsdmainutils. The others are probably not of interest to OP.

The suggested command, as such, would show only this:

$ apt-cache search -n banner
sysvbanner - System-V banner clone
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