ucfq (1) - Linux Manuals

ucfq: query the ucf database


ucfq - query the ucf database


 usage: ucfq [options] (/path/to/file|package)[/path/to/file|package  ...]


--help h Print out a usage message.
--debug -d Turn on debugging mode.
--verbose -v Make the script more verbose..
--with-colons -w
Normally, the script presents the information in a human readable tabular format, but that may be harder for a machine to parse. With this option, the output is a compact, colon separated line, with no dividers, headers, or footer.
--state-dr dir
Set the state directory to "/path/to/dir" instead of the default "/var/lib/ucf". Used mostly for testing.


This script takes a set of arguments, each of which is a package name (and thus does not contain a /) or a full path to a configuration file, and outputs the associated package, if any, if the file exists on disk, and whether it has been modified by the user. The output is either a human readable tabular form, or a compact colon-separated machine friendly format.

This script can potentially be used in package "postrm" scripts during purge to query the system for configuration files that may still exist on the system, and whether these files have been locally modified by the user --- assuming that the package registered all the configuration files with ucf using "ucfr".


This is very inchoate, at the moment, and needs testing.


None Known so far.


Manoj Srivastava <srivasta\@debian.org>


This script is a part of the Ucf package, and is

Copyright (c) 2006 Manoj Srivastava <srivasta\@debian.org>

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and / or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307 USA