dcontrol [options] package[modifiers] ...
dcontrol queries a remote database of Debian binary and source package
control files. It can be thought of as an apt-cache webservice that
also operates for distributions and architectures different from the
Like apt-cache, packages can be suffixed by modifiers:
Exact version match
Query this only architecture. Use @source for source packages,
@binary excludes source packages.
Restrict to archive (debian, debian-backports, debian-security,
debian-volatile), suite (always codenames, with the exception of
experimental), and/or component (main, updates/main, ...). Use two
slashes (//) to separate suite and component if the suite name
contains slashes. (Component can be left empty.)
By default, all versions, suites, and architectures are queried. Refer
to http://qa.debian.org/cgi-bin/dcontrol for currently supported
Add headers showing which distribution the control file is from.
Print URL queried.
Show a help message.
Show version information.
The two configuration files /etc/devscripts.conf and ~/.devscripts are
sourced by a shell in that order to set configuration variables.
Command line options can be used to override configuration file
settings. Environment variable settings are ignored for this purpose.
The currently recognised variable is:
URL to query. Default is http://qa.debian.org/cgi-bin/dcontrol.
Debian Utilities 2014-01-26 DCONTROL(1)
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