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pkg_info(1)             FreeBSD General Commands Manual            pkg_info(1)

     pkg_info - a utility for displaying information on software packages

     pkg_info [-cdDikrRpLqImv] [-e package] [-l prefix]
              pkg-name [pkg-name ...]
     pkg_info -a [flags]

     The pkg_info command is used to dump out information for packages, either
     packed up in files or already installed on the system with the
     pkg_create(1) command.

     The following command line options are supported:

     pkg-name ...
             The named packages are described.  A package name may either be
             the name of an installed package, the pathname to a package
             distribution file or a URL to an ftp available package.

     -a      Show all currently installed packages.

     -v      Turn on verbose output.

     -p      Show the installation prefix for each package.

     -q      Be ``quiet'' in emitting report headers and such, just dump the
             raw info (basically, assume a non-human reading).

     -c      Show the comment (one liner) field for each package.

     -d      Show the long description field for each package.

     -D      Show the install-message file for each package.

     -f      Show the packing list instructions for each package.

     -i      Show the install script (if any) for each package.

     -I      Show an index line for each package.  This option takes
             precedence over all other package formatting options.

     -k      Show the de-install script (if any) for each package.

     -r      Show the requirements script (if any) for each package.

     -R      Show the list of installed packages which require each package.

     -m      Show the mtree file (if any) for each package.

     -L      Show the files within each package.  This is different from just
             viewing the packing list, since full pathnames for everything are

     -e pkg-name
             If the package identified by pkg-name is currently installed,
             return 0, otherwise return 1.  This option allows you to easily
             test for the presence of another (perhaps prerequisite) package
             from a script.

     -l str  Prefix each information category header (see -q) shown with str.
             This is primarily of use to front-end programs who want to
             request a lot of different information fields at once for a
             package, but don't necessary want the output intermingled in such
             a way that they can't organize it.  This lets you add a special
             token to the start of each field.

     -t template
             Use template as the input to mktemp(3) when creating a ``staging
             area.''  By default, this is the string /tmp/instmp.XXXXXX, but
             it may be necessary to override it in the situation where space
             in your /tmp directory is limited.  Be sure to leave some number
             of `X' characters for mktemp(3) to fill in with a unique ID.
                   Note:  This should really not be necessary with pkg_info,
                   since very little information is extracted from each
                   package and one would have to have a very small /tmp indeed
                   to overflow it.

     Package info is either extracted from package files named on the command
     line, or from already installed package information in

     PKG_TMPDIR points to the directory where pkg_info creates its temporary
     files.  If this variable is not set, TMPDIR is used.  If both are unset,
     the builtin defaults are used.

     PKG_DBDIR specifies an alternative location for the installed package

     /var/tmp     Used if the environment variables PKG_TMPDIR and TMPDIR are
                  not set, or if the directories named have insufficient
     /tmp         The next choice if /var/tmp does not exist or has
                  insufficient space.
     /usr/tmp     The last choice if /tmp is unsuitable.
     /var/db/pkg  Default location of the installed package database.

     pkg_add(1), pkg_create(1), pkg_delete(1), mktemp(3), mtree(8)

     Jordan Hubbard for most of the work.
     John Kohl for NetBSD refinements.

     Sure to be some.

FreeBSD                        November 25, 1994                       FreeBSD


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