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archlinux: find more commands provided by the package owning some command

Terminal - archlinux: find more commands provided by the package owning some command
pkgfile -lb `pkgfile <command>`
2010-10-01 04:54:49
User: infinull
archlinux: find more commands provided by the package owning some command

uses the pkgfile command (part of the community repository), highly suggested.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
w=`whereis <command> | awk '{print $2}'`; p=`pacman -Qo $w | sed -e 's/.*is owned by \([[:alpha:]]\+\).*/\1/'`; pacman -Ql $p | grep 'bin'
2010-10-01 04:28:04
User: conan
Functions: awk grep sed
Tags: archlinux

Sometimes when I find a new cool command I want to know:

1.- which package owns it, and

2.- are there any other cool commands provided by this package?

Since I don't necessarily need to know always both, I don't use this version, but I bundle it into two separate functions:

# get command package owner

# it can work without the full path, but sometimes fails, so better to provide it with whereis command

owner () {

pacman -Qo `whereis $1 | awk '{print $2}'`


whatelse () {

package=`owner ${1} | sed -e 's/.*is owned by \([[:alpha:]]\+\).*/\1/'`

pacman -Ql $package | grep 'bin'


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What others think

While the solution provided by infinull is shorter and looks simpler at first glance I wanted to note that you have to install pkgtools to have the pkgfile command, and also build (pkgfile --update) a filelist before use and maintain this file listing with cron for it to work.

On the other hand my solution doesn't rely on extra tools but standard, already installed commands on any archlinux machine.

Also I timed the two versions and this is what I've got:

time whatelse skill


real 0m0.765s

user 0m0.550s

sys 0m0.187s

time pkgfile -lb `pkgfile skill`

real 0m17.796s

user 0m17.469s

sys 0m0.297s

Comment by conan 394 weeks and 2 days ago

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