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debconf-show: query the debconf database


debconf-show - query the debconf database


 debconf-show packagename [...] [--db=dbname]
 debconf-show --listowners [--db=dbname]
 debconf-show --listdbs


debconf-show lets you query the debconf database in different ways.

The most common use is ``debconf-show packagename'', which displays all items in the debconf database owned by a given package, and their current values. Questions that have been asked already are prefixed with an '*'.

This can be useful as a debugging aid, and especially handy in bug reports involving a package's use of debconf.


Specify the database to query. By default, debconf-show queries the main database.
Lists all owners of questions in the database. Generally an owner is equivalent to a debian package name.
Lists all available databases.


Joey Hess <joeyh [at]> and Sylvain Ferriol