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Old 02-17-2017, 10:29 AM   #1
ohijames
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How to get an application name from its binaries Linux, Solaris, HPUX


Hi,

Please, is it possible? or is there a command one can use to get an application name/vendor from its binaries in Linux, Solaris and HPUX.

I had a situation once where sudo was installed on OEL 5 and anytime I ran "rpm - qa | grep sudo" it didn't return anything even though the binaries existed. I later found out that the rpm database was corrupt and had to fix it for it to work properly.

I am wondering if there is any other thorough process of checking binaries to know if an application is installed and possibly return the application

I will also like to get the vendor name for example there is sudo from Quest and thee is sudo from www.sudo.ws. I will like to be able to differentiate between these for my script to work

Thanks,
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Last edited by ohijames; 02-17-2017 at 11:30 AM. Reason: adding more information
 
Old 02-17-2017, 10:40 AM   #2
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Not sure about sudo, however you can get the version or help on most commands using either --help --version, -h -v, /h /v, or /help /version. There should be some form of command line switches you can use to obtain this information.
 
Old 02-17-2017, 10:42 AM   #3
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Sure. You can use yum to find out what package it came from, then use rpm -Va to verify the contents of the package.

If something has changed (md5sum, permissions, etc) it will report the change/difference.

For example, if I change nano then check it, i get this:

Quote:
[root@tools ~]# which nano
/usr/bin/nano
[root@tools ~]# > /usr/bin/nano
[root@tools ~]# rpm -Va nano
S.5....T. /usr/bin/nano
 
Old 02-20-2017, 04:29 AM   #4
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If you want to avoid the pkg mgr, you could use 'find' and 'strings' .
Possibly also 'od' .
 
Old 02-20-2017, 08:03 AM   #5
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Not sure if that is what you ask for:
"which(1) is an external program used to search PATH for an executable. It behaves differently on different systems and you can't rely on a useful exit code; use (from most to least portable) ''command -v'' or ''type -P'' (to find the path) or ''hash'' (to check) instead. See http://mywiki.wooledge.org/BashFAQ/081"
And there is also "whereis"
 
  


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