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DD-LIST(1) General Commands Manual DD-LIST(1)


dd-list - nicely list .deb packages and their maintainers


dd-list [-hiusV] [--help] [--stdin] [--sources Sources_file] [--dctrl] [--version] [--uploaders] [package ...]


dd-list produces nicely formatted lists of Debian (.deb) packages and their maintainers.

Input is a list of source or binary package names on the command line (or the standard input if --stdin is given). Output is a list of the following format, where package names are source packages by default:

J. Random Developer <>
Diana Hacker <>

This is useful when you want, for example, to produce a list of packages that need to attention from their maintainers, e.g., to be rebuilt when a library version transition happens.


Print brief help message.
Read package names from the standard input, instead of taking them from the command line. Package names are whitespace delimited.
Read package list from standard input in the format of a Debian package control file. This includes the status file, or output of apt-cache. This is the fastest way to use dd-list, as it uses the maintainer information from the input instead of looking up the maintainer of each listed package.
If no Source: line is given, the Package: name is used for output, which might be a binary package name.
Try to uncompress the --dctrl input before parsing. Supported compression formats are gz, bzip2 or xz.
Read package information from the specified Sources_files. This can be given multiple times. The files can be gz, bzip2 or xz compressed. If the filename does not end in .gz, .bz2 or .xz, then the -z option must be used.
If no Sources_files are specified, dd-list will ask apt-get for an appropriate set of sources (if apt is at version greater than 1.1.8), else any files matching /var/lib/apt/lists/*_source_Sources will be used.
Also list developers who are named as uploaders of packages, not only the maintainers; this is the default behaviour, use --nouploaders to prevent it. Uploaders are indicated with "(U)" appended to the package name.
Only list package Maintainers, do not list Uploaders.
Use binary package names in the output instead of source package names (has no effect with --dctrl if the Package: line contains source package names).
Print the version.


Lars Wirzenius <>

Joey Hess <>

2011-10-27 Debian