Check if the Debian package was used since its installation/upgrade.

package=$1; list=/var/lib/dpkg/info/${package}.list; inst=$(stat "$list" -c %X); cat $list | (while read file; do if [ -f "$file" ];then acc=$(stat "$file" -c %X); if [ $inst -lt $acc ]; then echo used $file; exit 0; fi; fi; done; exit 1)
This script compares the modification date of /var/lib/dpkg/info/${package}.list and all the files mentioned there. It could be wrong on noatime partitions. Here is non-oneliner: #!/bin/sh package=$1; list=/var/lib/dpkg/info/${package}.list; inst=$(stat "$list" -c %X); cat $list | ( while read file; do if [ -f "$file" ]; then acc=$(stat "$file" -c %X); if [ $inst -lt $acc ]; then echo used $file exit 0 fi; fi; done exit 1 )
Sample Output
vadim@gaendalf:~$ wasused mc
used /usr/bin/mcedit
vadim@gaendalf:~$ wasused netbeans-platform
vadim@gaendalf:~$ echo $?
1
vadim@gaendalf:~$

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By: pipeliner
2010-09-20 18:10:19

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