[clug] Matching a pkg to a file without packages.debian.org

Sam Couter sam at couter.dropbear.id.au
Sun Nov 23 11:34:58 EST 2003

Anthony David <adavid at adavid.com.au> wrote:
> For future reference, the question regarding finding files is packages
> that aren't installed still stands.

If the package isn't installed, packages.debian.org is about the only
way I know of.

But if they are installed, there's an easier way than banging on the
up-arrow key and hoping to find the command that installed the package:

bash-2.05b$ dpkg -S `which ls`
coreutils: /bin/ls

Won't work for all files (such as some configuration files in /etc, log
files, etc) because some files are created by the package during
installation or use and aren't contained in the package itself.
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