How to check that if a package is installed?

Boggess Rod rboggess at
Tue Nov 30 18:45:31 UTC 2010

Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2010 09:15:15 -0500
From: Hal Burgiss <hal at>
Subject: Re: How to check that if a package is installed?
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On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 7:54 AM, S Mathias <smathias1972 at>

> if [ "$(dpkg -l | awk '/tofrodos/ && /^ii/ {print $2}' | awk
> '/^tofrodos/')" == "" ]; then echo -e "error: no zip package
> detected\!\n\nYou could install it like e.g.: \"apt-get install
> fi
> Is there a better way then this?
Seems kind of wordy to me for what it really does ...

dpkg -l |grep torfrodos || echo nope


I wasn't following this thread from the beginning, but is there a reason
we're avoiding the GUI? Why not just look at the installed packages in
synaptic package manager or whatever they replaced it with in the newest

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