Sometimes we want to quickly check if we have a required package installed, for example a developer library we need to compile our code.
If you are running a Debian based Linux system such as Ubuntu, you have a couple of alternatives. Using
apt, let’s say we are looking for
python3-dev since it is required to debug python code through gdb:
However, you will notice
apt is pretty slow and we will be greeted by the warning
WARNING: apt does not have a stable CLI interface. Use with caution in scripts.. Moreover, the output is not so nice if we want to parse it in a scripted way. A faster alternative is provided by