You want to know the contents of a package
to list the entire package you can use the following command:
dpkg -c <packagename.deb>
Please note you need to give a *.deb package as a parameter. You can look at the contents of a package before installation.
To look at the contens of an installed package you can use synaptic which has a GUI. From the command line I use debsums which also shows you if the files have been changed.
e.g. debsums mc
(mc stand for the midnicht commander)
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About the Author
Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG
Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.