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       dpkg-awk - Utility to read a dpkg style db file


       dpkg-awk  [(-f|--file)  filename]  [(-d|--debug) ##] [(-s|--sort) list]
       [(-rs|--rec_sep) ??] ’<fieldname>:<regex>’ ... -- <out_fieldname> ..


       dpkg-awk Parses a dpkg status file (or other similarly formatted  file)
       and  outputs  the  resulting  records.   It  can use regex on the field
       values to limit the returned records, it can also be told which  fields
       to output, and it can sort the matched fields.


       -f filename
       --file filename
              The file to parse.  The default is /var/lib/dpkg/status.

       -d [#]
       --debug [#]
              Each time this is specified, it increased the debug level.

       -s field(s)
       --sort field(s)
              A space or comma separated list of fields to sort on.

       -n field(s)
       --numeric field(s)
              A  space  or  comma  separated  list  of  fields  that should be
              interpreted as numeric in value.

       -rs ??
       --rec_sep ??
              Output this string at the end of each output paragraph.

       --help Display some help.

              The fields from the file, that are matched with the regex given.
              The fieldnames are case insensitive.

              The  fields  from the file, that are output for each record.  If
              the first field listed begins with ^, then the  list  of  fields
              that follows will NOT be output.


       Be  warned that the author has only a shallow understanding of the dpkg
       packaging system, so there are probably tons of bugs in this program.

       This program comes with no warranties.  If running this program  causes
       fire  and  brimstone  to  rain down upon the earth, you will be on your

       This program accesses the dpkg database directly  in  places,  querying
       for data that cannot be gotten via dpkg.


       Adam Heath <>