Debian package question

Martijn van Oosterhout kleptog at
Sun Mar 10 18:08:35 EST 2002

On Sun, Mar 10, 2002 at 01:57:02AM +1100, Alex Satrapa wrote:
> I do not yet know of any way to find a debian package that contains a 
> particular file, unless that package happens to be installed already - in 
> which case you can use dpkg to show which package the already-installed 
> file belongs to.

There is another way if you have a CD from which you installed Debian. Look
around for a Contents.gz file. It contains a list of [filename] [package]
for every package in Debian.

It's the same list used by the File Find on the Debian website.

Martijn van Oosterhout <kleptog at>
> If the company that invents a cure for AIDS is expected to make their
> money back in 17 years, why can't we ask the same of the company that
> markets big-titted lip-syncing chicks and goddamn cartoon mice?

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