print the name of each package APT knows [matching a prefix]

apt-cache pkgnames linux-
In this case, linux- is the prefix; simply running apt-cache pkgnames would list every package APT knows about. The default APT config assumes -g, --generate; to use the cache as/is, you could similarly run: apt-cache --no-generate pkgnames [prefix] Adding --all-names, like so: apt-cache --no-generate --all-names pkgnames [prefix] would print all the packages APT knows about, using the cache as/is, including virtual packages and missing dependencies. This command was shamelessly stolen from the apt-cache(8) man-page.
Sample Output
linux-firmware-nexus7
linux-signed-image-3.16.0-24-generic
linux-headers-lowlatency
linux-cloud-tools-3.16.0-28-lowlatency
linux-wlan-ng-doc
linux-headers-3.16.0-28-lowlatency
linux-tools-3.16.0-26-lowlatency
linux-headers-generic
linux-tools-virtual
linux-image-3.16.0-25-generic
linux-tools-3.16.0-25-generic
linux-cloud-tools-3.16.0-25-lowlatency
linux-headers-3.16.0-25-lowlatency
linux-tools-3.16.0-23-lowlatency
linux-cloud-tools-3.16.0-25-generic
linux-base
linux-firmware-grouper
linux-image-3.16.0-23-generic

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2014-12-14 06:48:57

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