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

apt-file search iostat

2011-07-24 11:56:31

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Cute. Except apt-file isn't installed by default.
kaedenn · 565 weeks and 1 day 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).
Mozai · 564 weeks and 5 days ago
@Mozai "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".
pitchum · 564 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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