Re: Use /var/lib/dpkg/status directly
On Thu, 26 Feb 2004 14:36:30 +0100, Markus Braun <firstname.lastname@example.org>
posted to gmane.linux.debian.devel.mentors:
> for a script I'm writing I need to get information for several packages.
> Because "dpkg -s ..." is slow I thought about using grep/awk on
> /var/lib/dpkg/status directly to get the information. I'm not sure if this
> is a valid possibility or if direct access to /var/lib/dpkg/status should be
> Can someone comment on this please?
It's not particularly discouraged I guess as that is what grep-dctrl
does anyway. Perhaps you should try that instead of rolling your own
awk script, though? <http://packages.debian.org/grep-dctrl>
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