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January 14, 2007

apt-file ; howto easy locate and search packages without having to install them.

Filed under: Debian, Kubuntu, Tuxicity, Ubuntu — tuxicity @ 10:23 am

apt-file is a command line tool for searching packages for the APT packaging system.Unlike apt-cache, you can search in which package a file is included or list the contents of a package without installing or fetching it.

apt-file is available in the universe repository of Ubuntu and of course also available in the Debian repositories.
Install :

sudo apt-get install apt-file

Now you need to update apt-file:

sudo apt-file update

Now you can find, locate, packages with ease.
for example:

apt-file -F firefox

gives this result :

tuxi[~]$ apt-file search -F firefox
firefox: usr/bin/firefox
firefox: usr/bin/mozilla-firefox
firefox: usr/lib/firefox/firefox
firefox: usr/lib/mime/packages/firefox
firefox: usr/lib/mozilla-firefox
firefox: usr/share/menu/firefox

Other Example:

apt-file list -l firefox

tuxi[~]$ apt-file list -l firefox
firefox
firefox-dbg
firefox-dev
firefox-dom-inspector
firefox-gnome-support
firefox-greasemonkey
firefox-launchpad-plugin
firefox-themes-ubuntu
firefox-webdeveloper

For more options:

apt-file –help

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