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Here I have a Manifest of Ubuntu

I would like to list out only the Source Packages and not the containing items.

binutils    2.31.1-6ubuntu1
binutils-common:amd64   2.31.1-6ubuntu1
binutils-x86-64-linux-gnu   2.31.1-6ubuntu1

The result I would like to see:

binutils    2.31.1-6ubuntu1

Additionally, short information about each source package would be as well a nice thing.

binutils    2.31.1-6ubuntu1  The GNU Binutils are a collection of binary tools.

What are the most simple ways to achieve this using Bash, GNU Coreutils anything else?

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    I don't have an Ubuntu system at-hand, but aren't those individual, separate (if related) packages? – Jeff Schaller Mar 12 at 11:17
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    These are not containing items. These are packages. Actually in Ubuntu, a package depends on multiple other packages. So, they are separate package on which binutils depends. These packages are separated since they may satisfy dependency of some other packages too. – Kulfy Mar 12 at 11:19
  • Hmm, it could be that I'm wrong, look at the manifest I linked. But they all belong to the same binutils, as they start with binutils-*. I kind of need help to rephrase my question. If they are seperate packages, but related to one another, then how should I call them? – user3789797 Mar 12 at 11:20
  • The term you’re looking for is probably “source package”. The three listed binutils packages all come from the binutils source package. – Stephen Kitt Mar 12 at 12:23
  • That is probably it, official definition of the Source Package: wiki.debian.org/Packaging/SourcePackage – user3789797 Mar 12 at 13:29

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