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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@debian.org> and Sylvain Ferriol

Referenced By

debconf-devel(7), dpkg-reconfigure(8).

2024-06-07 Debconf