man dpkg-reconfigure () - reconfigure an already installed package


dpkg-reconfigure - reconfigure an already installed package


 dpkg-reconfigure [options] packages


dpkg-reconfigure reconfigures packages after they have already been installed. Pass it the names of a package or packages to reconfigure.

This has the same effect as re-installing the package, basically. I hope one day this will be called by dpkg --reconfigure


-ftype, --frontend=type
Select the frontend to use. The default frontend can be permanently changed by:
 dpkg-reconfigure cdebconf
Note that if you normally have cdebconf set to use the noninteractive frontend, dpkg-reconfigure will use the dialog frontend instead, so you actually get to reconfigure the package.
-pvalue, --priority=value
Specify the minimum priority of question that will be displayed. dpkg-reconfigure normally shows low priority questions no matter what your default priority is.
Reconfigure all installed packages that use cdebconf. Warning: this may take a long time.
-u, --unseen-only
By default, all questions are shown, even if they have already been answered. If this parameter is set though, only questions that have not yet been seen will be asked.
Force dpkg-reconfigure to reconfigure a package even if the package is in an inconsistent or broken state. Use with caution.
-h, --help
Display usage help.



Joey Hess <>


This manpage was borrowed from debconf.