Re: I thought parsing dpkg's database directly was a no-no.
On 23 Oct 1998, Rob Browning wrote:
> I thought that Ian had said that no one was supposed to parse the dpkg
> files directly, yet dpkg-awk does, and now other packages
> (specifically netscape-base-4) are starting to depend on it. If this
> is OK, then I'll shut up, but if not, I think we're be better off to
> keep this from becoming common.
Someone should make a specification for a command line package query
mechanism, you might see it get implemented.