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       dglob - Expand package names or files matching a pattern


       dglob [-a] pattern

       dglob [-0] -f pattern


       dglob lists packages names matching a pattern. It can also list all the files they
       contain. By default dglob only searches installed packages; the -a and -n switch widens
       the search (see "OPTIONS"). The list is written to stdout, one name per line.

       grep-dctrl(1) and grep-aptavail(1) are used to search the list of packages, so you should
       refer to its documentation for information on how patterns are matched.  By default, all
       packages whose name contains the given string will be matched, but several options are
       available to modify this behavior (see "OPTIONS").

       If you use dglob with the -f option, all files in the matched packages are listed instead
       of their names. If you do not use de -a switch, only existing, plain (i.e. no symlinks,
       directories or other special ones) files are listed. If the -a switch is use then all
       files will be listed both for installed and non-installed packages. The filenames are
       written to stdout, one file per line. You can use the -0 option to get the filenames
       separated by '\0' instead of a newline.


       dglob supports the following options:

       -a  Search through all available packages, not just installed ones.  If set,
           grep-aptavail(1) is used.

       -n  Search through all the available packages but not including installed ones.  If set,
           grep-aptavail(1) is used.

       -f  List all files in the matched packages. By default, this lists only installed (i.e.
           locally existing) files from installed packages. If used together with -a then it will
           list all files both of installed and non-installed packages by mean of apt-file(1). If
           apt-file is not installed, using -f together with -a is rather pointless.

       -0  When listing files (with -f) use '\0' as a separator instead of a newline. When
           specified without -f, this options does nothing.

       -r, -e, -i, -X, -v
           These options are passed directly to grep-dctrl(1) or to grep-aptavail(1) to modify
           how the pattern is matched.  See grep-dctrl(1).


           dpkg(8) status file, which serves as source for the list of available and installed


       Matt Zimmerman <>

       This manpage was written by Frank Lichtenheld <>, and further enhanced
       by Javier Fernandez-Sanguino <>.


       Copyright (C) 2001 Matt Zimmerman <>.

       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, or (at your option) any later version.

       On Debian systems, a copy of the GNU General Public License version 2 can be found in


       grep-dctrl(1), grep-available(1), apt-file(1), dpkg(8)