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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 [-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 dis-
	     tribution 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 pack-

     -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 prece-
	     dence 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 cur-
	     rent 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 pack-

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

     -G, --no-glob
	     Do	not try	to expand shell	glob patterns in the pkg-name when se-
	     lecting packages to be displayed (by default pkg_info automati-
	     cally 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 en-
	     vironment 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 informa-
	     tion 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 expres-

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

     -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	pack-
		   age 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

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

     PKGDIR	 Specifies an alternative location to save downloaded packages

     /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), pkg_version(1), mktemp(3),

     Jordan Hubbard

     John Kohl <>, Oliver Eikemeier <>

     Sure to be	some.

BSD				 May 30, 2008				   BSD


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