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Re: HELP (RPM - what package a file is from)

On Thursday 27 November 2008 05:10:50 Ralf Corsepius wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-11-26 at 22:00 -0700, Reg Clemens wrote:
> > I posted this question several hours ago, but it has never shown up on
> > the list,- here we go again...
> >
> > How do I find out what RPM package a given file is from?
> rpm -qf <file>
> > I know I knew how to do this at one time, but Ive reread the RPM
> > MAN page 3 times and I cant find the right magic.
> Look again ;)
> > In particular, I would like to know what package
> >
> > 	/usr/bin/htmlview
> rpm -qf /usr/bin/htmlview
> will tell you.
> Ralf

One of the truly maddening things is the way differences occur in supposedly 
related distros.  Take a look at rpm options.  Some time back I was told 'Just 
type "rpm" and you'll see the options.

'rpm --whatprovides packagename' is the obvious choice - but it doesn't tell 
you what you need to know.  Try 'rpm --provides' - that used to work in 
fedora, but it doesn't now.  What about 'rpm --redhatprovides' - that works in 
mandriva but not in fedora - or does it?  All I've seen in my experiments is 
'no package provides packagename' but that could be because they are stand-
alone packages.

How is anyone supposed to find their way through this maze?


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