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function summpkg { dpkg -s $(dpkg -S $1 | egrep -w $(which $1)$ | awk -F: '{print $1}') ; }
This version builds on my command 8776 (Find the package a command belongs to on debian-based distros). So if you use that command to find package name then you could alternatively use following for package summary: function summpkg { dpkg -s $(whichpkg $1 | awk -F: '{print $1}'); }
Sample Output
$ summpkg nm
Package: binutils
Status: install ok installed
Priority: optional
Section: devel
Installed-Size: 9592
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss@lists.ubuntu.com>
Architecture: i386
Version: 2.20.1-3ubuntu7.1
Replaces: binutils-gold (<< 2.20-5)
Provides: elf-binutils
Depends: libc6 (>= 2.11), zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4)
Suggests: binutils-doc (>= 2.20.1-3ubuntu7.1)
Conflicts: elf-binutils, gas, modutils (<< 2.4.19-1)
Description: The GNU assembler, linker and binary utilities
 The programs in this package are used to assemble, link and manipulate
 binary and object files.  They may be used in conjunction with a compiler
 and various libraries to build programs.
Original-Maintainer: Matthias Klose <doko@debian.org>

By: b_t
2011-07-05 23:06:37

2 Alternatives + Submit Alt

  • In Debian based distros, this command will list 'binutils' package details which contains 'nm' command. You can replace 'nm' to any other command.

    dpkg -S `which nm` | cut -d':' -f1 | (read PACKAGE; echo "[${PACKAGE}]"; dpkg -s "${PACKAGE}"; dpkg -L "${PACKAGE}") | less
    mohan43u · 2009-07-14 20:21:48 3
  • Find information about the rpm package which owns a certain file. Show Sample Output

    summpkg() { rpm -qfi "$@"; }
    flatcap · 2011-07-05 23:39:24 2

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