dpkg-trigger – Package Trigger for Debian Linux

The dpkg-trigger command is a tool that is used to trigger actions related to the installation, removal, or upgrade of Debian packages. It is used to activate or deactivate triggers that are associated with a package. Triggers are scripts that are executed when certain events occur in the package management system. These scripts can be used, for example, to update configuration files or to restart services.


The dpkg-trigger command is used to activate or deactivate triggers that are associated with a package. The syntax for the command is as follows:

dpkg-trigger [options] trigger-name

Here, trigger-name is the name of the trigger that you want to activate or deactivate. The available options are described in the next section.


To activate a trigger named my-trigger, you would run the following command:

dpkg-trigger my-trigger

To deactivate the same trigger, you would run:

dpkg-trigger -d my-trigger

Use cases

The dpkg-trigger command is typically used by package maintainers to update configuration files or to restart services when a package is installed, removed, or upgraded. For example, a package that provides a web server might include a trigger that restarts the server when the package is upgraded.


The following table lists the available options for the dpkg-trigger command:

Option Description
-a, –all Activate or deactivate all triggers.
-d, –no-act Deactivate the specified trigger.
-?, –help Display help information.
-V, –version Display version information.

Troubleshooting tips

If you encounter issues when using the dpkg-trigger command, there are a few things you can try:

  • Make sure that you have the necessary permissions to activate or deactivate the trigger. You may need to run the command as root.
  • Check the package documentation to see if there are any special instructions for using the trigger.
  • Verify that the trigger script is located in the correct directory and has the correct permissions.


  • The dpkg-trigger command is only available on Debian-based Linux distributions.
  • Triggers are defined in the triggers file in the package’s control directory.
  • Triggers can be activated or deactivated manually using the dpkg-trigger command, or automatically by the package management system.