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Find packages with filenames

Sometimes you want to know which files are included in a package. At other times you want to search for a package containing a file and you only have a filename (e.g. when the installation of software requires dependencies).

The solution is simple.


Online is the site You can search in this official database. Or you can search in an unofficial one:


On the Slackware installation medium is a file named /slackware/MANIFEST.bz2. This compressed file contains a list of packages and the corresponding files. Copy it to a location of your choice and unpack it with

user@computer:~$ bzip2 -d MANIFEST.bz2

Now you can search in the resulting text file for the wanted information.


* Originally written by Hans Mueller

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