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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 [-bcdDEfghGiIjkKLmopPqQrRsvVxX] [-e package] [-l prefix]
              [-t template] -a | pkg-name ...
     pkg_info [-qQ] -W filename
     pkg_info [-qQ] -O origin

     The pkg_info command is used to dump out information for packages, either
     packed up in files with the pkg_create(1) command or already installed on
     the system with the pkg_add(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.  Package
             version numbers can also be matched in a relational manner using
             the _=, _=, _ and _ operators.  For example,

                   pkg_info 'portupgrade>=20030723'

             will match versions 20030723 and later of the portupgrade

     -a, --all
             Show all currently installed packages.

     -b, --blocksize
             Use the BLOCKSIZE environment variable for output even when the
             -q or -Q flag is present.

     -h, --help
             Print help message.

     -v, --verbose
             Turn on verbose output.

     -p      Show the installation prefix for each package.

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

     -Q      Be ``quiet'' as above but print preface output with the package

     -c      Show the (one line) comment 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.

     -g      Show files that do not match the recorded checksum.

     -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.

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

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

     -K, --keep
             Keep any downloaded package in PKGDIR if it is defined or in
             current directory by default.

     -r      For each of the specified packages, show the list of packages on
             which it depends.

     -R      For each of the specified packages, show the list of installed
             packages which require it.

     -m      Show the mtree(8) 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

     -s      Show the total size occupied by files installed within each

     -o      Show the ``origin'' path recorded on package generation.  This
             path is the directory name in the FreeBSD Ports Collection of the
             underlying port from which the package was generated.

     -G, --no-glob
             Do not try to expand shell glob patterns in the pkg-name when
             selecting packages to be displayed (by default pkg_info
             automatically expands shell glob patterns in the pkg-name).

     -W, --which filename
             For the specified filename argument show which package it belongs
             to.  If the file is not in the current directory, and does not
             have an absolute path, then the directories specified in the
             environment variable PATH are searched using which(1).

     -O, --origin origin
             List all packages having the specified origin.

     -x, --regex
             Treat the pkg-name as a regular expression and display
             information only for packages whose names match that regular
             expression.  Multiple regular expressions could be provided, in
             that case pkg_info displays information about all packages that
             match at least one regular expression from the list.

     -X, --extended
             Like -x, but treats the pkg-name as an extended regular

     -e, --exists package
             If the package identified by package 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.

     -E      Show only matching package names.  This option takes precedence
             over all other package formatting options.  If any packages
             match, return 0, otherwise return 1.

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

     -t, --template template
             Use template as the argument 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.

     -V      Show revision number of the packing list format.

     -P, --version
             Show revision number of package tools.

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

     BLOCKSIZE       If the environment variable BLOCKSIZE is set the block
                     counts will be displayed in units of that size block.

     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 database.

     PKG_PATH        Specifies an alternative package location, if a given
                     package cannot be found.

     PKGDIR          Specifies an alternative location to save downloaded
                     packages to.

     /var/tmp         Used if the environment variables PKG_TMPDIR and TMPDIR
                      are not set, or if the directories named have
                      insufficient space.
     /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), pkg_version(1), mktemp(3),

     Jordan Hubbard

     John Kohl <>,
     Oliver Eikemeier <>

     Sure to be some.

FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE          May 30, 2008          FreeBSD 11.0-PRERELEASE


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