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List only executables installed by a debian package

Terminal - List only executables installed by a debian package
find $(dpkg -L iptables) -maxdepth 0 -executable -type f
2010-10-30 15:36:32
User: Juluan
Functions: find
List only executables installed by a debian package

Maybe not clean with big package and too long argument. But return every file who can be executed.


There are 9 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
dpkg -L iptables | perl -lne 'print if -f && -x'
lst=`dpkg -L iptables` ; for f in $lst; do if [ -x $f ] && [ ! -d $f ] ; then echo $f; fi; done;
2010-10-30 14:47:45
User: b_t
Functions: echo

I wanted to view only executables installed by a package. This seemed to work.

There's got to be easier way, please share.


(1) Replace iptables with the package name of your interest

(2) The command will trash any existing environment variable named 'lst'

(3) Instead if you are interested in viewing just .ko or .so files installed by this package, then

that would be easy:

$ dpkg -L iptables | grep "\.[sk]o$"

Know a better way?

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What others think

This has some non-trivial issues with files/directories with spaces in names.

Comment by depesz 390 weeks and 2 days ago

What debian package do you know with spaces in filenames ??

I don't know any.

Comment by dooblem 390 weeks and 2 days ago

I often use:

dpkg -L iptables | grep "bin/"


dpkg -L iptables | egrep "/s?bin/"
Comment by dooblem 390 weeks and 2 days ago


sauerbraten-data, skype and some ttf fonts.

Comment by depesz 390 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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