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Old 04-05-2004, 05:59 PM   #1
davidas
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How do you determine which package owns a particular file?


Eg. I need to to know which package owns file A.

a) If the package is already installed, what command (Eg.dpkg, apt-get, apt-cache, etc) can I use?

b) If the package is not yet installed, what command can I use?

Thanks.
PS. Google search is another way, but just trying to know if there is a neater way in Debian
 
Old 04-05-2004, 06:39 PM   #2
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a)
dpkg -S filename

Ex.

#dpkg -S /bin/cat
#textutils: /bin/cat

Alternatively, you could try dlocate

b)
If the package hasn't been installed, there would be no need since no files from that package exist in the system. To display the contents of the package you could use dpkg -c packagename, but you would have to have downloaded the *.deb package

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Old 04-05-2004, 07:06 PM   #3
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Eg. while compiling, it complains that glib-1.0 is missing or not found.

I would assume the package owning this file has not been installed yet. How do I get about determining which package (that is available from my various sources in sources.list) owns the required glib-1.0 file?

Thank you !

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a)
dpkg -S filename

Ex.

#dpkg -S /bin/cat
#textutils: /bin/cat


b)
If the package hasn't been installed, there would be no need since no files from that package exist in the system. To display the contents of the package you could use dpkg -c packagename, but you would have to have downloaded the *.deb package
 
  


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