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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 [-bcdDEfgGijIkLmopPqQrRsvVxX] [-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 package.

     -a	     Show all currently	installed packages.

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

     -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).

     -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.

     -r	     Show the list of packages on which	each package depends.

     -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

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

     -o	     Show the "origin" path recorded on	package	generation.  This path
	     intended to give an idea as to where the underlying port, from
	     which package was generated, is located in	the FreeBSD Ports

     -G	     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	     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 PATH is searched using which(1).

     -O	     For the specified origin argument list all	packages having	this

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

     -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.

     -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	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 do not necessary 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
	     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.

     -V	     Show revision number of the packing list format.

     -P	     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

     /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				 June 29, 2004				   BSD


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