How to correctly read dpkg output (rc, ii, etc.)

Didier Raboud didier at
Mon Jul 3 15:07:47 UTC 2006

Le dimanche 18 juin 2006 20:46, Serg a écrit :
> Hi All,
> Can someone please explain or perhaps provide a link (prefered option)
> in regards to reading output of 'dpkg -l' output. Stuff like 'rc', 'ii',
> 'pi', etc.
>    Thanks,
>       Serg

Example :

$ dpkg -l kubuntu-*
| Status=Not/Installed/Config-files/Unpacked/Failed-config/Half-installed
|/ Err?=(none)/Hold/Reinst-required/X=both-problems (Status,Err: 
||/ Name           Version        Description
ii  kubuntu-artwor 6.06-21        kubuntu artwork for usplash
ii  kubuntu-defaul 6.06-21        Default settings and artwork for the Kubuntu
pn  kubuntu-deskto <none>         (no description available)
ii  kubuntu-docs   6.06-11        kubuntu documentation
ii  kubuntu-grub-s 2.1            grub splashimages for Kubuntu
ii  kubuntu-konque 0.3-0ubuntu1   Konqueror shortcuts for the Ubuntu wiki and
pn  kubuntu-live   <none>         (no description available)

So, as written:

First column: Desired
u for Unknown
i for Install
r for Remove
p for Purge
h for Hold

Second column: Status
n for Not Installed
i for Installed
c for Config-files
u for Unpacked
f for Failed-config
h for Half-installed

Third column: Err? (error?) — If in uppercase, bad errors.
  for (none)
h for Hold
r for Reinst-required
x for both-problems

Hope it helps !

Free greetings, 

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