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Ara is a utility for searching the Debian package database. It works in batch mode, in interactive command-line mode (with a built-in line editor) or with a graphical interface, Xara.
Debian packaging has been done by George Danchev, Thomas Schoepf, Sven Luther and Samuel Mimram. Thanks to all people who sent in bug reports.
The latest stable version is 1.0.9 released 2005-04-01. The latest development version is 1.1.0 (SVN access only). You can download the source and .deb files either here. (The files at Alioth can be slightly outdated).
You can read the manual page online. Ara and xara also include built-in help.
For bugs, use the bug tracker.
For feature requests, use the feature requests tracker.
There is a mailing list for developers. End-users can use the above trackers for submitting bug reports, feature requests or asking for help. A mailing list for users can be created if there is demand for it.