deb-gview - GNOME viewer for .deb package files and contents
deb-gview displays Debian control information, devscript details and
details of the files that would be installed (names, sizes and
locations). Files within the package can be viewed within the package
deb-gview accepts package files on the command line to support the
'open' command in various file managers, one window for each package.
Individual views can be closed independently or simultaneously using
Packages do not need to be installed to be viewed. Packages do not need
to be suitable for installation, e.g. a foreign architecture.
Package files and .changes files can be viewed from local and remote
When loading .changes files, deb-gview will load each referenced
package in a new window. When opening a .changes file from the
deb-gview toolbar, the original window is not changed.
When opening Debian packages files from the deb-gview toolbar, the
package data will replace the current window data.
deb-gview [OPTIONS] [file...]
One or more Debian package files (.deb) to preload or a .changes
file referencing various package files.
Individual package files or a set of packages referenced in a
.changes file can be viewed from local and remote filesystems.
See also gtk-options (7).
X display to use
Show help options
deb-gview has migrated to the XDG specification for config files and
uses a dot-file in your XDG config directory (default:
~/.config/deb-gview/preview) to specify which applications should be
used to preview files from the package. You are free to edit this file,
deb-gview will not modify it, although the defaults will be replaced if
the file is deleted.
Any previous config in ~/.deb-gview/preview will be moved into the new
file but the ~/.deb-gview directory will be preserved - feel free to
delete it once any other files are moved to the new location.
The first matching pattern will be used, so put the most general
wildcards (like *) at the end of this file.
The first group contains two deb-gview default settings. 'terminal'
determines which application to use for viewers that need a terminal.
You may want to change this to gnome-terminal or konsole from the
rather limited xterm default. 'execute_command' specifies the command
to pass to the terminal application to load an external command within
the terminal. Most terminal emulators support '-e' for this command.
Subsequent group names need to be unique but have no other meaning to
pattern: glob-style pattern to match the location of the file in the
package (not the filesystem).
viewer: the program to call to view the file content (which must exist
in your system PATH).
use_terminal: whether to start the viewer in a terminal, TRUE or FALSE.
binary_file: whether the viewer requires the content as a binary file,
TRUE or FALSE. Typically, image previews require a binary file.
file_suffix: if the viewer needs a specific suffix, specify it here.
Note that deb-gview does not insist that the suffix of the temporary
file matches the suffix of the file within the package, it is up to you
to ensure that the suffix is suitable for the viewer you want to use.
Leave blank for no suffix.
The defaults for file previews are:
# Your choice of terminal application.
deb-gview was written by Neil Williams <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
This manual page was written by Neil Williams <email@example.com>
deb-gview is a native Debian package and bugs should be reported using
the reportbug tool. Reports can be found on the Debian bug tracking
system for deb-gview.
This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it
under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the
Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your
option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but
WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU
General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc.,
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