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

pkgfile -lb `pkgfile <command>`
uses the pkgfile command (part of the community repository), highly suggested.

By: infinull
2010-10-01 04:54:49

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  • 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' } Show Sample Output

    w=`whereis <command> | awk '{print $2}'`; p=`pacman -Qo $w | sed -e 's/.*is owned by \([[:alpha:]]\+\).*/\1/'`; pacman -Ql $p | grep 'bin'
    conan · 2010-10-01 04:28:04 0

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
conan · 619 weeks and 5 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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