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Notes and resources about dpkg, the Debian package manager which is a utility to help manage the installation of additional software in a Debian or Debian based distribution.

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List All Installed Packages

From Gary Turner (kk5st@swbellPLEASENOSPAM.net):

dpkg -l | grep "^i" | cut -b 5- > current.packages

The "dpkg -l" lists all available packages, and "Grep ^i" strips all but installed packages.

You could leave out the "| cut -b 5-" if you like. All it does is strip off the first four bytes of each line ("ii "). (Look at man cut, a cool utility)

"> current.packages" writes everything to a file in the current directory.

I do this after each upgrade, install, or removal. The current list is diff'ed against the last run and the results are cat'ed to another file. A simple script handles the whole enchilada, and gives me a running log of all software changes (at least those in the Debian packaging system).

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  • () RandyKramer - 15 Jul 2002
  • Gary Turner (kk5st@swbellPLEASENOSPAM.net) - 14 Jul 2002
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