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Old 10-20-2009, 11:50 AM   #1
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Need dpkg to provide detailed info on virtualbox

Ok. In another thread, there was the following post:
Originally Posted by {BBI}Nexus{BBI} View Post
I decided to install puel to provide feed back. I got exactly the same error message as TBC Cosmo.

Version Installed: VirtualBox-3.0.8_53138_mdv2009.1-1.i586.rpm

rpm -qi VirtualBox outputs:
Name        : VirtualBox                   Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version     : 3.0.8_53138_mdv2009.1             Vendor: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Release     : 1                             Build Date: Fri 02 Oct 2009 12:48:15 BST
Install Date: Sun 18 Oct 2009 02:14:34 BST      Build Host:
Group       : Applications/System           Source RPM: VirtualBox-3.0.8_53138_mdv2009.1-1.src.rpm
Size        : 95142659                         License: VirtualBox Personal Use and Evaluation License (PUEL)
Signature   : DSA/SHA1, Fri 02 Oct 2009 14:59:22 BST, Key ID dcf9f87b6dfbcbae
URL         :
Summary     : Powerful PC virtualization solution
Description :
VirtualBox is a powerful PC virtualization solution allowing
you to run a wide range of PC operating systems on your Linux
system. This includes Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, DOS, OpenBSD
and others. VirtualBox comes with a broad feature set and
excellent performance, making it the premier virtualization
software solution on the market.
How would one go about getting similar information on a .deb package system? "dpkg -l virtualbox-3.0" doesn't even come close to providing as much information or even the requested (what type of license) information of the OP of that thread.
Old 10-20-2009, 11:53 AM   #2
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apt-cache show
is likely to be the closest you'll get.

jup-linux2:/srv/livecd/config# apt-cache show virtualbox-ose
Package: virtualbox-ose
Priority: extra
Section: misc
Installed-Size: 24640
Maintainer: Debian Virtualbox Team <>
Architecture: amd64
Version: 3.0.6-dfsg-1
Replaces: virtualbox
Provides: virtualbox
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.6), libcurl3 (>= 7.16.2-1), libgcc1 (>= 1:4.1.1), libsdl1.2debian (>= 1.2.10-1), libssl0.9.8 (>= 0.9.8f-5), libstdc++6 (>= 4.2.1), libx11-6, libxcursor1 (>> 1.1.2), libxext6, libxml2 (>= 2.6.27), libxmu6, libxslt1.1 (>= 1.1.18), libxt6, python2.5 (>= 2.5), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4), adduser, python
Pre-Depends: debconf | debconf-2.0
Recommends: virtualbox-ose-modules, virtualbox-ose-qt (= 3.0.6-dfsg-1), libgl1
Suggests: virtualbox-ose-source (= 3.0.6-dfsg-1), virtualbox-guest-additions
Conflicts: virtualbox
Filename: pool/main/v/virtualbox-ose/virtualbox-ose_3.0.6-dfsg-1_amd64.deb
Size: 6288178
MD5sum: 55b12282227e119f137964518268b076
SHA1: d2f43f042e82435cf495562c898583364289021c
SHA256: 21e6644aff314c8061a863c774d6a403363597151636721c70b4c2ab735ac5ab
Description: x86 virtualization solution - base binaries
 VirtualBox is a free x86 virtualization solution allowing a wide range
 of x86 operating systems such as Windows, DOS, BSD or Linux to run on a
 Linux system.
 This package provides the binaries for the Open Source Edition of
 VirtualBox. The virtualbox-ose-source package is also required in order to
 compile the kernel modules needed for virtualbox-ose. A graphical user
 interface for VirtualBox is provided by the package virtualbox-ose-qt.
Tag: hardware::emulation, implemented-in::c++, interface::x11, role::program, x11::application

Last edited by Lordandmaker; 10-20-2009 at 11:56 AM.
Old 10-21-2009, 10:38 AM   #3
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Thank you. That definitely provides more info than any of the other tools I've been looking at.


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