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Find the package a command belongs to on debian-based distros

Terminal - Find the package a command belongs to on debian-based distros
apt-file search iostat
2011-07-24 11:56:31
User: tersmitten
Functions: apt
Find the package a command belongs to on debian-based distros


There are 8 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
dpkg -S $( which ls )
function whichpkg() { readlink -f "$(which $1)" | xargs --no-run-if-empty dpkg -S; }
2011-10-28 02:53:19
User: b_t
Functions: readlink xargs

This revision to my command (command #8851) was called for when it failed to find the parent

package of 'rlogin', which is really a deep symbolic link to /usr/bin/ssh.

This revision fixes this newfound issue, while ensuring fixes of other older issues work too.

whichpkg () { dpkg -S $1 | egrep -w $(readlink -f "$(which $1)")$; }
2011-07-17 13:39:56
User: b_t
Functions: egrep readlink
Tags: dpkg readlink

Advanced revision to the command 8776 . This revision follows symbolic links.

The quotation-marks surrounding $(which $1) allows for graceful handling of errors ( ie. readlink does not complain incase 'which' command generates (null) output)

function whichpkg { dpkg -S $1 | egrep -w $(which $1)$; }
2011-07-05 22:56:48
User: b_t
Functions: egrep which
Tags: dpkg

Similar to command 7822, but handles errors gracefully.

whichpkg() { rpm -qf "$@"; }
2011-07-05 23:39:32
User: flatcap
Functions: rpm
Tags: rpm

Find the package a file belongs to on an rpm-based distro.

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What others think

Cute. Except apt-file isn't installed by default.

Comment by kaedenn 248 weeks and 4 days ago

apt-file requires downloading a database from each repository ('apt-file update'), and it will not give you an answer for repositories that do not have the special apt-file database.

(i.e.: 'apt-file search /opt/google/talkplugin' returns nothing, but 'dpkg -S /opt/google/talkplugin' correctly gives me the package name used to install that program).

Comment by Mozai 248 weeks and 2 days ago


"dpkg -S" only works with packages that are already installed on your system.

If you want to know which package to install in order to use a command, then you need "apt-file".

Comment by pitchum 248 weeks and 2 days ago

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