Show a Package Version on Debian based distribution

apt-show-versions <packagename>
If there is update available for the package you can see upgrade is from which version to which version. Also you will get detail about which release the package belongs to (stable/testing/sid).
Sample Output
apt-show-versions iceweasel 
iceweasel/sid uptodate 3.5.9-3

apt-show-versions kdebase-runtime
kdebase-runtime/sid upgradeable from 4:4.4.3-1 to 4:4.4.4-1

By: Vasudev
2010-06-03 15:52:11

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GeronJacob · 31 weeks and 6 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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