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'dpkg -S' just matches the string you supply it, so just using 'ls' as an argument matches any file from any package that has 'ls' anywhere in the filename. So usually it's a good idea to use an absolute path. You can see in the second example that 12 thousand files that are known to dpkg match the bare string 'ls'.
There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!
Works similar to dpkg -S, but uses the locatedb and is thus inarguably a lot faster - if the locatedb is current.
Uses dpkg -S or apt-file to find the file you want and shows results in various ways. Available at https://github.com/Pipeliner/configs/blob/master/bin/pacof
pacof -xp 'bin/[^/]*mixer'
If you can do better, submit your command here.
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