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is there a command to see what packages are available from a certain ppa repository?

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grep ^Package: /var/lib/apt/lists/ppa.launchpad.net_*_Packages 

Or more flexible:

grep-dctrl -sPackage . /var/lib/apt/lists/ppa.launchpad.net_*_Packages 

For fancier querying, use apt-cache policy and aptitude as described here:

aptitude search '~O LP-PPA-gstreamer-developers'
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grep Package /var/lib/apt/lists/(repo name)_Packages
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You may want to rewrite this (before the UUOC Police catches you) to grep Package /var/lib/apt/lists/(repo name)_Packages – mivk Nov 23 '12 at 23:03

I don't know if this is what you're looking for:

Like it says, Synaptic Package Manager allows you to search by "origin". This isn't programmatic, but it should give you what you're looking for.

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