distributions: UBUNTU vs DEBIAN

Antony Gelberg antony at wayforth.co.uk
Thu Apr 20 21:57:08 UTC 2006

Daniel Carrera wrote:
> Antony Gelberg wrote:
>> The p is Desired=Purge.  The n is Status=Not installed.  man dpkg 
>> explains.  You should get into the habit of typing man <command> if 
>> you aren't sure what any command does.  In this case there is a 
> Don't be a jerk Antony. Btw, the section "INFORMATION ABOUT PACKAGES" 
> does not say that p is "Desired=Purge" or that n is "Status=Not 
> installed". Instead it explains what "purge", "install", etc mean which 
> I already knew and has nothing to do with the question at hand.

Don't call me a jerk.  I was trying to help you. 

The output of dpkg -l suggests the connection between the first three 
columns of the output and the Desired, Status, and Err lines by means of 
the vertical lines and slashes.  The dpkg man page should probably 
explain that.  I would file a wishlist bug, but don't have the time at 
the moment, feel free to if you want.

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