15 Practical Examples of “dpkg commands” for Debian Based Distros

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6 Responses

  1. Raj says:

    To remove a package with configuration I think it is “-P” in caps. which is –purge. Removes a package including configuration files.

  2. Martin Goik says:

    An example getting the package owning a specific file or directory might be helpful i.e.:

    dpkg -S /usr/bin/nice
    –>coreutils: /usr/bin/nice

    At least I need this one occasionally for administrative purposes.

  3. visoos says:



  4. James Mac says:


    1. dkpg is still a pre-requisite for passing LPIC-1 certification.

    2. It’s largely distro-neutral. Sure, I can bypass dpkg on my Ubuntu machine by just using Ubuntu Software Centre (built over Synaptic, which is built over APT, which is built over dpkg), but the day I hit a non-Ubuntu Debian, I’m stuffed – unless I go back to source.

    3. APT may be smarter (do you really mean “more user-friendly”?) but I think dpkg gives you more control, and for an administrator that would matter more.

  5. LinuxEnthusiastic says:

    Who use dpkg??

    well APT is much smarter.

  6. FossEnthusiastic says:

    Well I Think, This article could have been a bit more Elaborative.

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