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Is "pkg-info" mostly related to Solaris?

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Yes, pkginfo is mostrly used by Solaris.

Mostly linux distro's use one of the common linux package manager like ubuntu that uses the debian package system, or wrote there own like arch linux that uses pacman

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To clarify, Debian uses the APT collection. Slackware (a Linux distro) uses pkg tools that are similar to (and inspired by) Solaris. See here: – Telemachus Sep 28 '09 at 14:07
To clarify, Debian uses dpkg, APT is a high level tool ontop of it and Solaris uses the pkgadd format (there is another name for this, can't remember now) and yes pkginfo is mostly used by Solaris, but there are some linux and BSD distro's the use it – monkey_p Sep 28 '09 at 14:50
@Monkey: You are absolutely right that dpkg is a better match for the pkg tools than the APT library (since the whole point of APT is dependency tracking, which I think the pkg tools don't do though I may be wrong about that - like dpkg). I didn't mean to be snarky with 'To clarify', I just wanted to specify the name of Debian's package system. – Telemachus Sep 28 '09 at 15:05
:) all good, I didn't see it as being snarky – monkey_p Sep 28 '09 at 20:16

Strictly speaking, no. The pkginfo command and the whole related standard packaging format is an AT&T SVR4.0 Unix feature kept in its descendants. Solaris is however by far the more popular. Other ones include NCR Unix, SCO Unixware, DG/UX and Reliant.

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