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urpmq - urpmi database query tool.


    urpmq [options] [package_names | rpm_files...]


urpmq is a tool to access and query the urpmi database. It can be used to list available packages in the various urpmi media, or to list the full dependencies of a package, or to list the packages that will be installed if you start urpmi. The output of urpmq has the following format, adjusted according to the command-line options that were used:




Prints a help message and exit (this is the same as -h or -?).


List available packages.

--list-media [type]

List available media. You can optionally add a type selector: all to list all media (the default), update to list the update media, or active to list only active media.


List available media and their URLs.


List available nodes for parallel installation (when using --parallel).


List available parallel aliases.


Use only update media. This means that urpmq will search and resolve dependencies only in media marked as containing updates (e.g. which have been created with urpmi.addmedia --update).

--media media1,...,mediaN

Select specific media to be used, instead of defaulting to all available media (or all update media if --update is used). No rpm will be found in other media.

--excludemedia media1,...,mediaN

Do not use the specified media.

--searchmedia media

Use only the specified media to search for packages that are specified on the command-line, or which are found when using --auto-select. Dependencies of those packages can still be found in other media.

--sortmedia media1,...,mediaN

Sort the specified media. Substrings may be used to simplify grouping. This way, media1 will be taken into account first, then media2, and so on. Media which aren't listed are taken into account after the others.

--synthesis file

Use the specified synthesis file instead of the urpmi database for searching packages and resolving dependencies.


Select all packages that can be upgraded, according to already installed packages and packages listed in various registered media.


List orphans.


List packages that are not available on any media. This can help to find packages that are still installed but that are now obsolete because they have been removed from the current version of Mageia Linux.


With this option, urpmq will not require "suggested" packages. By default, urpmq will require (newly) suggested packages.


With this option, urpmi will install "suggested" packages. This is useful if you have no-suggests in urpmi.cfg.


When some dependencies cannot be satisfied, change the selection of packages to try to keep existing packages instead of removing them. This behaviour generally rejects the upgrade of packages given on command line (or when using --auto-select) when a dependency error occurs.


Disable fast search on exact package name; i.e. it will propose all packages matching the name partially, even if one of them matches exactly the specified name (this is the same as -y).

--src name

Search a source package matching name and it will select all dependencies by default.


Prints source URLs (or file names) of all selected packages.


Continue when requesting packages that are not available.


Allow to search packages whose architecture isn't compatible with the architecture of the host.

--parallel alias

Activate distributed execution of urpmi to other machines (it is mandatory that urpmi is installed but it is not necessary to have media defined on any machines). alias defines which extension module to use by urpmi (currently urpmi-parallel-ka-run or urpmi-parallel-ssh) and which machines should be updated, this alias is defined in the file /etc/urpmi/parallel.cfg as described below.

--root directory

Use the file system tree rooted for rpm install. All operations and scripts will run after chroot(2). The rpm database in the rooted tree will be used but urpmi configuration comes from normal system.

--urpmi-root directory

Use the file system tree rooted for urpmi database and rpm install. Contrary to --root, the urpmi configuration comes from the rooted tree.


Use wget for downloading distant files. By default curl is used if available, or wget instead.


Use curl for downloading distant files. By default curl is used if available, or wget instead.

--curl-options 'options'
--rsync-options 'options'
--wget-options 'options'

Specify additional command-line options to be passed to curl, rsync or wget when retrieving files. If several options are to be passed, separate them with spaces and enclose them in quotes.

Note that the rsync options will also be used for ssh media.

--proxy proxyhost[:port|1080]

Use specified HTTP proxy.

--proxy-user user:password

Use specified user and password to use for proxy authentication. Specifying --proxy-user=ask will cause urpmq to prompt for a username and a password.

--use-distrib directory

Configure urpmq on the fly from a distribution tree.

--env directory

Use a different environment directly from a bug report to replay a bug. The argument is the same argument given to --bug option.

--skip pattern,...

You can specify a list of packages which installation should be skipped. You can also include patterns between //, just like in /etc/urpmi/skip.list (see urpmi.files(5)).

--prefer pattern,...

You can specify a list of packages which installation should be preferred (especially useful with --auto). You can also include patterns between //, just like in /etc/urpmi/prefer.list (see urpmi.files(5)).


If the urpmi or rpm db is busy, wait until it is available


Prints the package changelog.


Prints the package conflicts.


Prints the package obsoletes.


Prints the package provides.


Prints the package requires.


Prints the package suggests.


Prints the sourcerpm of the package


Prints concise information about the package.


Activate verbose mode.


This is the same as --verbose.


This is the same as --requires-recursive.


Deselect packages if a better version is already installed.


Equivalent to -du.


Select all matches on command line; that's useful when one gives an incomplete package name and when using -f or -r.


If maximal closure is used, assume that a package listed may have wrong or not up-to-date dependencies. This causes more packages to be upgraded and may correct unresolved dependencies on the rpm database.


Print dependencies (maximal closure).


Search in provides to find package.


Reverse search to what requires the package given.


Reverse search to what requires recursively the package given (looking through virtual packages).


Same as --summary.


This is the same as --fuzzy.


Like -y, but forces to match case-insensitively.


This is the same as --src.


This is the same as --whatprovides.


Prints useful information in human readable form, as for rpm -qi.


Prints groups of each package listed.


Prints also version and release of each package listed.


Prints also version, release and arch of each package listed.


Lists files in packages.


See urpmi.files(5).


urpmi.addmedia(8), urpmi.update(8), urpmi.removemedia(8), urpmf(8), urpmi(8), urpmi.files(5).


Pascal Rigaux <> (original author and current maintainer), François Pons, Rafael Garcia-Suarez

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