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AptPkg::PkgRecords - APT package description class


use AptPkg::PkgRecords;


The AptPkg::PkgRecords module provides an interface to the parsed contents of package files.


The AptPkg::PkgRecords package Implements the APT pkgRecords class.

An instance of the AptPkg::PkgRecords class may be fetched using the "packages" method from an AptPkg::Cache object.


Return a hash (or hash reference, depending on context) for the given package.

PACK may either be an AptPkg::Cache::VerFile object, an AptPkg::Cache::DescFile object or a package name.

The hash contains the following keys:

"FileName", "Checksum-FileSize", "MD5Hash", "SHA256", "SourcePkg", "Maintainer", "ShortDesc", "LongDesc" and "Name".

with values taken from the packages or translation file.

Note that "LongDesc" is generally not useful for AptPkg::Cache::VerFile objects, which refer to the Packages file, as these no longer contain the full description (now in the Translation files).

If PACK is a package name, these additional values are set:

"Section" and "VerStr".

and the following values are overridden with the translated versions:

"ShortDesc" and "LongDesc".


AptPkg::Cache(3pm), AptPkg(3pm).


Brendan O'Dea <>

2021-02-15 perl v5.32.1