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pkg_info(1)		  BSD 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 dis-
	     tribution 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 prece-
	     dence 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, re-
	     turn 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	re-
	     quest a lot of different information fields at once for a pack-
	     age, but don't necessary want the output intermingled in such a
	     way that they can't organize it.  This lets you add a special to-
	     ken 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 pack-
		   age 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 insuffi-
		  cient	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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