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Pdbv output a HTML view of a RPM or dpkg database. Its modular design allows easy addition of others package management database and export format (as xml).

The 1.x.x series are in Bash, the 2.x.x series are in Perl. Obviously, the output generation with 1.x.x is a lot slower than with the 2.x.x. While with the 1.x.x it should run on a daily basis, with the 2.x.x it should run on a hourly basis.

Why using it:

  • it does not require lucid/gtk+/qt or other big libs.
  • it does not require a web server - but it can be used with a web server, as any other html files.
  • it does not require a X server running, you can use a text mode browser that support frames as links.
  • it does not require special privileges to access to the output. But access can be restricted by using chmod/chown (filesystem) or .htaccess (apache).
  • since output is generated by a cronjob, access to the output is as fast as your computer is able to read/serve text files.

Why not using it:

  • it's purpose is not to manage packages installed.
  • since output is generated by a cronjob, informations are dated, and can be outdated if the database change very frequently. Note that with the 2.x.x series, the cronjob should be hourly.


You can see demos at

Obtaining it:

You can download a tarball or a Debian package via the download area. If you use Debian, you may get it directly via the debian official sources or you can add in your /etc/apt/sources.list:

Registration Date: Tue Jan 27 18:05:17 2004
License: GNU General Public License V2 or later
Development Status: 6 - Mature


Latest News 
Release 2.0.11
     posted by yeupou, Mon Dec 4 14:19:16 2006 - 0 replies

Pdbv 2.0.11 is released today, it includes several patches submitted on the debian BTS. Thanks a lot to Christian Perrier for his assistance in this regard.

Release 2.0.10
     posted by yeupou, Sun Mar 6 16:34:10 2005 - 0 replies

I'm glad to announce pdbv 2.0.10.

* Cleanup of the information page. Now it mentions the number
of packages found (total plus by section and by usage), the hard disk
space used.
* i18n updates.

The online demo as been updated: ...

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Release 2.0.9
     posted by yeupou, Sun May 9 15:24:37 2004 - 1 reply

Pdbv 2.0.9 is released today.

New in pdbv 2.0.9:

* Typo fix in french i18n.
* Italian i18n added.

GPG-signed packages:

Apt-get source (for /etc/apt/sources.list):
deb pdbv.perl.pkg/

Release 2.0.8
     posted by yeupou, Sun Mar 28 17:24:29 2004 - 0 replies

pdbv 2.0.8 is released today.

New in pdbv 2.0.8:

* Use the xhtml 1.0 frameset (closes: bug #242).
* New method to handle orphan removal. Force is no longer the default
option, and find is no longer required (closes: bug #295).

GPG-signed packages:

GPG-signed announce:

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