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Old 11-17-2010, 04:24 AM   #1
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Smile Where can I find the dependent information like that in the control file of .deb file

Hi all,

As I know, .deb package usually includes a control file. Take libfreetype6_2.3.9-5ubuntu0.4_i386.deb for example, its control file includes the following content:


Package: libfreetype6

Source: freetype

Version: 2.3.9-5ubuntu0.4

Architecture: i386

Maintainer: Ubuntu Core Developers

Installed-Size: 704

Depends: libc6 (>= 2.4), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4)

Conflicts: freetype, xpdf-reader (<< 1.00-4)

Section: libs



Question 1:

I want to know how to find the information like " Depends: libc6 (>= 2.4), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4) " myself. From the configure file, Makefile, README or something else?

Question 2:

Does there exist the tool generating the control file automatically?

I'm so grateful for your answer.
Old 11-17-2010, 04:46 AM   #2
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Here is a site that will give you tons of information on debian packages (.deb files)

Also, if your using apt you can see what dependencies a package needs with apt-rdepends.

To install apt-rdepends
sudo apt-get install apt-rdepends
Using apt-rdepends to list dependancies for a particular package
apt-rdepends [options] [pkgs ...]
For more info on apt-rdepends check out this site:

To generate control files for Debian packages use dpkg-gencontrol
This site goes in-depth on control files

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Actually, to list the entire control file type:

dpkg -p <package>
This will work even when the package isn't installed.


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