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apt-extracttemplates - Man Page

Utility to extract debconf config and templates from Debian packages


apt-extracttemplates [-t=temporary_directory] filename... {-v | --version} {-h | --help}


apt-extracttemplates will take one or more Debian package files as input and write out (to a temporary directory) all associated config scripts and template files. For each passed in package that contains config scripts and templates, one line of output will be generated in the format:

package version template-file config-script

template-file and config-script are written to the temporary directory specified by the -t or --tempdir (APT::ExtractTemplates::TempDir) directory, with filenames of the form package.template.XXXXXX and package.config.XXXXXX


All command line options may be set using the configuration file, the descriptions indicate the configuration option to set. For boolean options you can override the config file by using something like -f-,--no-f, -f=no or several other variations.

-t,  --tempdir

Temporary directory in which to write extracted debconf template files and config scripts. Configuration Item: APT::ExtractTemplates::TempDir

-h,  --help

Show a short usage summary.

-v,  --version

Show the program version.


Show audit (and notice) messages. This overrides the quiet option, but only for notice messages, not progress ones.

-c,  --config-file

Configuration File; Specify a configuration file to use. The program will read the default configuration file and then this configuration file. If configuration settings need to be set before the default configuration files are parsed specify a file with the APT_CONFIG environment variable. See apt.conf(5) for syntax information.

-o,  --option

Set a Configuration Option; This will set an arbitrary configuration option. The syntax is -o Foo::Bar=bar. -o and --option can be used multiple times to set different options.

--no-color,  --color

Turn colors on or off. Colors are on by default on supported terminals for apt(8) and can also be disabled using the NO_COLOR or APT_NO_COLOR environment variables, or further configured by the APT::Color configuration option and scope, see apt.conf(5) for information on that.

See Also



apt-extracttemplates returns zero on normal operation, decimal 100 on error.


APT bug page[1]. If you wish to report a bug in APT, please see /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-reporting.txt or the reportbug(1) command.


Jason Gunthorpe

APT team



APT bug page


27 March 2014 APT 2.9.2