adequate − Debian package quality testing tool

adequate [options] package‐name...

adequate [options] −−all

adequate [options] −−apt−preinst

adequate [options] −−pending

adequate −−help

adequate checks packages installed on the system and reports
bugs and policy violations.

    Run checks against all the installed packages.

−−tags tag1[,tag2...]
    Emit only these tags.

−−tags tag1[,tag2...]
    Don’t emit these tags.

    Report issues via debconf(7).

−−root directory
    Change the root directory (using chroot(2)).

−−user user[:group]
    Switch user and group before running any checks.  This
    is most useful together with −−root or −−pending, which
    require superuser privileges.

    Read APT configuration and .deb filenames from stdin,
    and append packages names to /var/lib/adequate/pending
    for later processing (see −−pending).

    This option is used internally by the APT hook.  The
    hook is disabled by default; please edit
    /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/20adequate to enable it.

    Run checks against packages listed in
    /var/lib/adequate/pending, then empty the file.

    Display help and exit.


    This package ships a binary in /bin or /sbin that
    requires a library in /usr/lib.  This will make
    impossible to use this binary before /usr is mounted.

    The detector registered with update−binfmts(8) does not

    The interpreter registered with update−binfmts(8) does
    not exist.

    This package ships a symlink which points to a non‐
    existent file.

    Licenses of the libraries the binary is linked to are

    Running "ldd −r" on the file failed unexpectedly.  This
    is most like a bug in libc or adequate itself.

    References: <>.

    The binary is linked with a library, which cannot be

    References: Debian Policy §8.6.

    This package is a provider of the virtual package
    x−terminal−emulator, but it doesn’t register itself as
    an alternative for /usr/bin/x−terminal−emulator; or it
    is a provider of the virtual package x−window−manager,
    but it doesn’t register itself as an alternative for

    References: Debian Policy §11.8.3, Debian Policy

    The copyright file for this package is missing.  This
    often happens if /usr/share/doc/pkg/ was a real
    directory in a previous version of the package, but it’s
    now a symlink; dpkg never replaces directory with a
    symlink to a directory.

    References: Debian Policy §12.5, §6.6.


    Dependency of a pkg‐config (.pc) file shipped by this
    package couldn’t be satisfied.

    References: Debian Policy §8.4.

    The binary uses versioned symbols, but the library
    provides only unversioned ones.

    The current version of this package no longer ships a
    conffile (that used to be included in the past).
    However, the conffile hasn’t been removed on upgrade.


    This package ships a program with the same name as
    another program.

    References: Debian Policy §10.1.

    This package ships Python modules that are not byte‐

    References: Python Policy §2.6.

    This package ships Python modules in /usr/share/pyshared
    that are not byte‐compiled.

    References: Python Policy §2.6, §1.5.

    The symbol has changed size since the package was built.
    It might be an indication that the library broke ABI.
    If ABI wasn’t broken, and the library bumped shlibs (or
    symbols), the package should be binNMUed.

    The symbol has not been found in the libraries linked
    with the binary.  Either the binary either needs to be
    linked with an additional shared library, or the
    dependency on the shared library package that provides
    this symbol is too weak.

    References: Debian Policy §3.5, §8.6, §10.2.


adequate coreutils
    Check the coreutils package.

adequate −−tags obsolete−conffile −−all
    Check all the packages for obsolete conffiles.

adequate −−tags
    Check all the packages, ignoring Python bytecompilation

If you report a bug that was found by adequate, please use
the following usertags:

    User: debian−

    Usertags: adequate tag‐name

     Please keep in mind that adequate is not perfect;
therefore false positives are possible. Don’t report the bug
unless you understand the underlying problem.  When in
doubt, please ask at debian− first.

Debian Policy: /usr/share/doc/debian−policy/policy.txt.gz or

     Python Policy:
/usr/share/doc/python/python−policy.txt.gz or

     lintian(1), piuparts(1)