It's possible to view the Package-List of a debian/ubuntu package, using the package management tools like apt, aptitude or dpkg?

I need to list the packages provided by a package, the list is visible in the dsc file:

Example: http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/l/lxc/lxc_1.0.0~beta3-0ubuntu1.dsc Section Package-List.

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    See wiki.debian.org/dsc . A short answer is that you can not generate a .dsc file from a binary .deb package. A somewhat longer answer is that you can get information out of an installed package with dpkg-query(1) (see accompanied manual page and section for -f, --showformat especially). – user192911 Jan 28 '14 at 9:02

You can use apt-cache showsrc and use awk (or similar tools) to get the output you want:

$ apt-cache showsrc lxc | awk '/Package-List/{a=1;next}/^[^ ]/{a=0}a{print $1}'

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