Get the dir listing of an executable without knowing its location

ls -l `whereis gcc`
whereis (1) - locate the binary, source, and manual page files for a command Not actually better, just expanded a bit. The "whereis" command has the following output: whereis gcc gcc: /usr/bin/gcc /usr/lib/gcc /usr/bin/X11/gcc /usr/share/man/man1/gcc.1.gz therefore the 'ls' error on first line, which could be eliminated with a little extra work.
Sample Output
ls: cannot access gcc:: No such file or directory
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    7 2011-03-03 00:31 /usr/bin/gcc -> gcc-4.5
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root    7 2011-03-03 00:31 /usr/bin/X11/gcc -> gcc-4.5
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root   12 2011-03-03 00:31 /usr/share/man/man1/gcc.1.gz -> gcc-4.5.1.gz

total 4
drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4096 2011-02-14 18:01 i586-suse-linux

By: knathan54
2011-11-15 19:45:08

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