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     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 don't 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.

     -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
	     selecting 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,
	     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 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 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
	     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,


     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 <jtk@rational.com>, Oliver Eikemeier <eik@FreeBSD.org>


     Sure to be some.

FreeBSD 5.4			 June 29, 2004			   FreeBSD 5.4


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