Specific notes for the Debian package system.
What Package Installed This File?
The simple way with exact matches.
$ dpkg -S $(which column) bsdmainutils: /usr/bin/column
Or you could use the
apt-file utility (from the package of the same name).
$ apt-file search $(which column) autogen: /usr/bin/columns bsdmainutils: /usr/bin/column
Information About A Package
$ dpkg-query -l bsdmainutils Desired=Unknown/Install/Remove/Purge/Hold | Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend |/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad) ||/ Name Version Architecture Description +++-==============-============-============-================================= ii bsdmainutils 9.0.6 amd64 collection of more utilities from
$ apt-cache show bsdmainutils Package: bsdmainutils Version: 9.0.6 Installed-Size: 571 Maintainer: Debian Bsdmainutils Team <firstname.lastname@example.org> Architecture: amd64 Depends: libc6 (>= 2.14), libncurses5 (>= 5.5-5~), libtinfo5, bsdutils (>= 3.0-0), debianutils (>= 1.8) Suggests: cpp, wamerican | wordlist, whois, vacation Breaks: bsdutils (<< 1:2.13-11) Description-en: collection of more utilities from FreeBSD This package contains lots of small programs many people expect to find when they use a BSD-style Unix system. . It provides banner (as printerbanner), calendar, col, colcrt, colrm, column, from (as bsd-from), hexdump (or hd), look, lorder, ncal (or cal), ul, and write (as bsd-write). . This package used to contain whois and vacation, which are now distributed in their own packages. Also here was tsort, which is now in the "coreutils" package. Description-md5: 156725110b9d8b7a144a6b1a40ed5446 Multi-Arch: foreign Tag: implemented-in::c, interface::commandline, interface::text-mode, role::program, suite::bsd, uitoolkit::ncurses Section: utils Priority: important Filename: pool/main/b/bsdmainutils/bsdmainutils_9.0.6_amd64.deb Size: 183214 MD5sum: 7fd92f542150e553b152b9e5a48fd2f1 SHA1: b9573ed2e7d687f448bb1c5b12e00dc35c4b6dfa SHA256: afaa9217a2454f03021fa57653779470a12d89d747d8e318b9f97af36a52fbdd
What Files Does The Package Include
What exact files did that
apt-get install just install?
dpkg -L package
This will list the files that are installed which are associated with the specified package.
What Packages Are Installed On The System?
What are all of the packages installed? This is handy for when you installed that program that did that thing but you forgot what it was called.
$ dpkg --get-selections | grep ^bsd bsd-mailx install bsdmainutils install bsdutils
$ apt-cache depends bsdmainutils | grep 'Depends:' Depends: libc6 Depends: libncurses5 Depends: libtinfo5 Depends: bsdutils Depends: debianutils