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       dpkg-www - program to remotely open a WWW Debian package browser


       dpkg-www [-s|--stdout] [-h|--host host] [query]


       dpkg-www  is used to remotely control a WEB browser and open a dpkg URL
       on the local host from an interactive shell or script.

       If the command is invoked while running under X-window the script  will
       try  to  find an installed X browser to open the specified URL.  If not
       running under X it will try to use a text browser instead.

       If Netscape is found and a Netscape instance is already running it will
       be  asked  to  open  the  dpkg URL on localhost with the optional query
       supplied on the command line.  If there is no browser running, it  will
       start automatically a new one.

       The  functionality  provided  by this program is identical to running a
       web browser  with  the  -remote  openURL(http://localhost/cgi-bin/dpkg)
       argument or opening the same URL from within the browser.

       dpkg-www-installer is an helper application which can configured in the
       WWW browser for web installation. It should never be  invoked  directly
       by the user.


       -s, --stdout
              Redirect  output  to  stdout.  Requires one of the text browsers
              (lynx, lynx-ssl or links) installed.

       -h, --host host
              Send the  query  to  a  remote  host,  where  dpkg-www  must  be

       query  Specifies  an  optional  package name, an absolute pathname or a
              query argument which is passed to the dpkg  cgi-bin.  See  dpkg-
              www(8) for more information about the use of the cgi.



              Configuration  files for dpkg-www. It is not necessary for these
              files to exist, there are sensible defaults for everything,  but
              you   can   specify   your   preferred   www  browser  with  the
              DPKG_WWW_BROWSER variable, for example: DPKG_WWW_BROWSER=mozilla


              This  would  open  a  dpkg  URL  on  localhost  listing  all the
              installed packages.

       dpkg-www bash
              This would open a dpkg URL asking info on the bash package.

       dpkg-www -h pisolo bash
              This would open a dpkg URL asking info on the  bash  package  on
              host pisolo.

              This  would open a dpkg URL listing all packages matching dpkg*.

       dpkg-www /bin/bash
              This would open a dpkg URL asking info on the package(s)  owning
              the file /bin/bash .

       dpkg-www depends=svgalib
              This  would  open  a  dpkg URL listing all packages depending on

       dpkg-www --stdout depends=awk | grep ^ii
              This would list on stdout all packages depending on awk and grep
              all lines of installed packages.


       dpkg(8), dpkg-www(8)


       Massimo Dal Zotto <>.
       Bugs should be reported via the normal Debian bug reporting system.


       dpkg-www is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 2.

                               September 1, 2004