Find a file's package or list a package's contents.

dlocate [ package | string ]
This is the fastest method to search the Debian package database. Requires the dlocate package. The dlocate db updates periodically, but you may force an update with # dlocate-update

By: udim
2009-04-19 20:19:06

What Others Think

Nice! There was a recent-ish thread on debian-devel that investigated the slowness of dpkg on some setups: Some of the slowness was attributed to the way ext3 works, as well as dpkg walking its info directory. Someone also pointed to a proof-of-concept of using sqlite with dpkg.
bwoodacre · 688 weeks and 1 day ago
ehhhh reiserfs ftw
linuxrawkstar · 688 weeks and 1 day ago
dlocate is indeed very useful but like locate it only searches through packages already installed on the system. If you want to search through the entire repository (e.g. in order to find which packages you should install in order to get a file) then apt-file is your friend.
amosshapira · 688 weeks and 1 day ago
seofox · 31 weeks and 3 days ago

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