dpkg-query [option...] command

       dpkg-query  is  a tool to show information about packages listed in the
       dpkg database.

       -l, --list [package-name-pattern...]
              List packages matching given pattern. If no package-name-pattern
              is  given,  list all packages in /var/lib/dpkg/status, excluding
              the ones marked as not-installed (i.e.  those  which  have  been
              previously purged). Normal shell wildcard characters are allowed
              in package-name-pattern. Please note you will probably  have  to
              quote  package-name-pattern to prevent the shell from performing
              filename expansion. For example this will list all package names
              starting with "libc6":

                dpkg-query -l 'libc6*'

              The  first  three columns of the output show the desired action,
              the package status, and errors, in that order.

              Desired action:
                u = Unknown
                i = Install
                h = Hold
                r = Remove
                p = Purge

              Package status:
                n = Not-installed
                c = Config-files
                H = Half-installed
                U = Unpacked
                F = Half-configured
                W = Triggers-awaiting
                t = Triggers-pending
                i = Installed

              Error flags:
                <empty> = (none)
                R = Reinst-required

              An uppercase status or error letter  indicates  the  package  is
              likely  to  cause  severe  problems. Please refer to dpkg(1) for
              information about the above states and flags.

              The output format of this option is not configurable, but varies
              automatically  to  fit  the  terminal  width. It is intended for
              human readers,  and  is  not  easily  machine-readable.  See  -W
              (--show) and --showformat for a way to configure the output for-

       -W, --show [package-name-pattern...]

       -L, --listfiles package-name...
              List files installed to your system from package-name. When mul-
              tiple package-name are listed, the requested lists of files  are
              separated  by an empty line, with the same order as specified on
              the argument list.  However, note that files created by package-
              specific installation-scripts are not listed.

       --control-list package-name
              List  control  files  installed to your system from package-name
              (since dpkg 1.16.5).  These can be used as  input  arguments  to

       --control-show package-name control-file
              Print  the  control-file  installed to your system from package-
              name to the standard output (since dpkg 1.16.5).

       -c, --control-path package-name [control-file]
              List paths for control files installed to your system from pack-
              age-name (since dpkg 1.15.4).  If control-file is specified then
              only list the path for that control file if it is present.

              Warning: this command is deprecated as it gives direct access to
              the  internal dpkg database, please switch to use --control-list
              and --control-show instead for all cases  where  those  commands
              might  give  the  same end result. Although, as long as there is
              still at least one case where this command is needed (i.e.  when
              having to remove a damaging postrm maintainer script), and while
              there is no good solution for that, this command  will  not  get

       -S, --search filename-search-pattern...
              Search  for  packages  that own files corresponding to the given
              pattern.  Standard shell wildcard characters can be used in  the
              pattern,  where  asterisk (*) and question mark (?) will match a
              slash, and blackslash (\) will be used as an escape character.

              If the first character in the filename-search-pattern is none of
              '*[?/'  then it will be considered a substring match and will be
              implicitly surrounded by '*' (as in  *filename-search-pattern*).
              If  the  subsequent  string contains any of '*[?\', then it will
              handled like a glob pattern, otherwise any trailing '/' or  '/.'
              will be removed and a literal path lookup will be performed.

              This  command  will  not  list extra files created by maintainer
              scripts, nor will it list alternatives.

       -p, --print-avail package-name...
              Display   details    about    package-name,    as    found    in
              /var/lib/dpkg/available.  When multiple package-name are listed,
              the requested available entries are separated by an empty  line,
              with the same order as specified on the argument list.

              Change  the  location of the dpkg database. The default location
              is /var/lib/dpkg.

              Also load the available file when using the  --show  and  --list
              commands,  which  now  default  to only querying the status file
              (since dpkg 1.16.2).

       -f, --showformat=format
              This option is used to specify the format of the  output  --show
              will  produce.  The  format  is a string that will be output for
              each package listed.

              In the format string, "\" introduces escapes:

                  \n  newline
                  \r  carriage return
                  \t  tab

              "\" before any other character suppresses any special meaning of
              the following character, which is useful for "\" and "$".

              Package information can be included by inserting variable refer-
              ences to package fields  using  the  syntax  "${field[;width]}".
              Fields are printed right-aligned unless the width is negative in
              which case left alignment will be used. The following fields are
              recognized  but they are not necessarily available in the status
              file (only internal fields or fields stored in the binary  pack-
              age end up in it):

                  Conffiles (internal)
                  Config-Version (internal)
                  Filename (internal, front-end related)
                  MD5sum (internal, front-end related)
                  MSDOS-Filename (internal, front-end related)
                  Revision (obsolete)

              for fields in control files):

                     It  contains  the  binary  package  name  with a possible
                     architecture qualifier  like  "libc6:amd64"  (since  dpkg
                     1.16.2).   An  architecture  qualifier will be present to
                     make the package name unambiguous,  for  example  if  the
                     package  has  a  Multi-Arch field with a value of same or
                     the package is of a foreign architecture.

                     It contains the package  short  description  (since  dpkg

                     It  contains the abbreviated package status, such as "ii"
                     (since dpkg 1.16.2).

                     It contains the package wanted status, part of the Status
                     field (since dpkg 1.17.11).

                     It  contains  the package status word, part of the Status
                     field (since dpkg 1.17.11).

                     It contains the package status error flag,  part  of  the
                     Status field (since dpkg 1.17.11).

                     It contains the source package name for this binary pack-
                     age (since dpkg 1.16.2).

                     It contains the source package version  for  this  binary
                     package (since dpkg 1.16.2)

              The  default format string is "${binary:Package}\t${Version}\n".
              Actually, all other fields found in the status file  (i.e.  user
              defined  fields) can be requested, too. They will be printed as-
              is, though, no conversion nor error checking is done on them. To
              get  the  name of the dpkg maintainer and the installed version,
              you could run:

                dpkg-query -W -f='${binary:Package} ${Version}\t${Maintainer}\n' dpkg

       0      The requested query was successfully performed.

       1      Problems were encountered while parsing the command line or per-
              forming  the  query,  including  no  file or package being found
              (except for --control-path).

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