I've finally started to manage the setup of my dotfiles (configuration files) for shell, editor etc.
It is based on the popular dotfiles repository of ryanb and my fork can be found at github:blueyed/dotfiles.
While I'm still in the process of setting this up, I've just added the apt-* helpers I wrote some years ago:
They provide neat things like
asrc -g hardy hello to get the version of the "hello" package from hardy (via "apt-get source" and the version number grepped from "apt-cache madison" - so you need to have it in your apt sources list, of course).
ashow -g testing hello will show the package from Debian testing.
Apart from that these are mostly aliases, like "aup" for "sudo apt-get update" and some of them support shell completion (of package names) for e.g. "ainst" ("sudo apt-get install"). Shell completion works in both zsh and bash (at least).
You can get the file (to be sourced in a shell) from:
Feedback is very welcome and I am sure some of this is in packages like debian-goodies already (actually, there's nothing like that in _that_ package, but..).
Does it make sense to add (parts of) it to some package for easy installation across Debian/Ubuntu?