search ubuntu packages to find which package contains the executable program programname

apt-file find bin/programname
search ubuntu's remote package source repositories for a specific program to see which package contains it
Sample Output
nick@mylaptop:~$ apt-file search bin/kdialog
kdebase-bin: /usr/bin/kdialog
kdebase-dbg: /usr/lib/debug/usr/bin/kdialog

What Others Think

this will be useful after getting Make errors, " not found".. now i can find which package i need to install.. thanks..
alperyilmaz · 629 weeks and 4 days ago
uhhhhhhhhhh of course ubuntu users would find this useful
nottings · 629 weeks and 1 day ago

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