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       dglob - Expand package names or files matching a pattern


       dglob [-a] pattern

       dglob [-0] -f pattern


       dglob lists packages names matching a pattern. It can also list all the
       files they contain. By default dglob only searches installed packages;
       the -a switch widens the search (see "OPTIONS"). The list is written to
       stdout, one name per line.

       grep-dctrl(1) is used to search the list of packages, so you should
       refer to its documentation for information on how patterns are matched.
       By default, all packages whose name contains the given string will be
       matched, but several options are available to modify this behavior (see

       If you use dglob with the -f option, all files in the matched packages
       are listed instead of their names. Only existing, plain (i.e. no
       symlinks, directories or other special ones) files are listed. The
       filenames are written to stdout, one file per line. You can use the -0
       option to get the filenames separated by ’\0’ instead of a newline.


       dglob supports the following options:

       -a  Search through all available packages, not just installed ones.

       -f  List all files in the matched packages. This list only installed
           (i.e.  locally existing) files from installed packages, so using it
           together with -a is rather pointless.

       -0  When listing files (with -f) use ’\0’ as a separator instead of a
           newline. When specified without -f, this options does nothing.

       -r, -e, -i, -X, -v
           These options are passed directly to grep-dctrl(1) to modify how
           the pattern is matched.  See grep-dctrl(1).


           dpkg(8) status file, which serves as source for the list of
           available and installed packages.


       Matt Zimmerman <>

       This manpage was written by Frank Lichtenheld <>.


       Copyright (C) 2001 Matt Zimmerman <>.

       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, or (at your option) any
       later version.

       On Debian systems, a copy of the GNU General Public License may be
       found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.


       grep-dctrl(1), dpkg(8)