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a package trigger utility


dpkg-trigger [option...] trigger-name

dpkg-trigger [option...] command


dpkg-trigger is a tool to explicitly activate triggers and check for its support on the running dpkg.

This can be used by maintainer scripts in complex and conditional situations where the file triggers, or the declarative activate triggers control file directive, are insufficiently rich. It can also be used for testing and by system administrators (but note that the triggers won't actually be run by dpkg-trigger).

Unrecognized trigger name syntaxes are an error for dpkg-trigger.

This program was introduced in dpkg 1.14.17.



Check if the running dpkg supports triggers (usually called from a postinst). Will exit 0 if a triggers-capable dpkg has run, or 1 with an error message to stderr if not. Normally, however, it is better just to activate the desired trigger with dpkg-trigger.

-?,  --help

Show the usage message and exit.


Show the version and exit.



Change the location of the dpkg database. Defaults to /var/lib/dpkg if DPKG_ADMINDIR has not been set.


Set the root directory to directory, which sets the administrative directory to «directory/var/lib/dpkg» (since dpkg 1.21.0).


Override trigger awaiter (normally set by dpkg through the DPKG_MAINTSCRIPT_PACKAGE environment variable of the maintainer scripts, naming the package to which the script belongs, and this will be used by default).


This option arranges that the calling package T (if any) need not await the processing of this trigger; the interested package(s) I, will not be added to T's trigger processing awaited list and T's status is unchanged. T may be considered installed even though I may not yet have processed the trigger.


This option does the inverse of --no-await (since dpkg 1.17.21). If the interested package has declared a “noawait” directive, then this option will not be effective. It is currently the default behavior.


Just test, do not actually change anything.

Exit Status


The requested action was successfully performed. Or a check or assertion command returned true.


A check or assertion command returned false.


Fatal or unrecoverable error due to invalid command-line usage, or interactions with the system, such as accesses to the database, memory allocations, etc.



If set and the --root option has not been specified, it will be used as the filesystem root directory (since dpkg 1.21.0).


If set and the --admindir option has not been specified, it will be used as the dpkg data directory.


Sets the debug mask (since dpkg 1.21.10) from an octal value. The currently accepted flags are described in the dpkg --debug option, but not all these flags might have an effect on this program.


Sets the color mode (since dpkg 1.18.5). The currently accepted values are: auto (default), always and never.

See Also

dpkg(1), deb-triggers(5), /usr/share/doc/dpkg/spec/triggers.txt.

Referenced By


2024-03-10 1.22.6 dpkg suite