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Re: Question on dpkg -l output.

Yes, i noticed that w* will pass if there is no such file  in
current dir.

But still i cant understand the output so i submit
bugreport  Bug#917098:

Thanks all for the feedback.

On 22/12/18 6:13 μ.μ., Joe Pfeiffer wrote:
Dan Ritter <dsr@randomstring.org> writes:

Eduardo M KALINOWSKI wrote:
On 21 de dezembro de 2018 20:24, aprekates wrote:
In a new installed system with Debian 9.6

$ dpkg -l

will list only packages with 'ii' state and a couple of 'rc'.

But if i  run:

$ dpkg -l w*

i will get a dozen also of 'un' packages.

So i dont understand the logic of altering the output when
i use a pattern . I would expect to see only 'ii' packages starting
from the letter 'w' .

Also i dont understand why in a new system dpkg would know
anything about uninstalled packages!
dpkg -l w*
will be expanded by the shell (if there is any file starting with w in the current directory).

Have you tried
dpkg -l 'w*'
Let's see:

dpkg -l w*
dpkg-query: no packages found matching webplot.txt

It's important to keep in mind that if there are no files matching the
wildcard expansion, the w* is passed as-is to the command.  So if I
create an empty directory, enter the directory, and

snowball:525$ dpkg -l w*

| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                         Version              Architecture Description
un  w-bassman                    <none>               <none>       (no descripti
<long list snipped>

snowball:525$ touch w
snowball:526$ dpkg -l w*
dpkg-query: no packages found matching w

Yes, the OP does want in general to escape the w* as 'w*' (or other
methods), but his output is completely reasonable, especially in a fresh

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