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Bug#4501: util-linux does not install the whereis command

On Fri, 27 Sep 1996, Guy Maor wrote:

maor>On Sun, 15 Sep 1996, Christoph Lameter wrote:
maor>> util-linux does not install the whereis command from the utils. The
maor>> whereis command is used to find the location of a Unix command and is very
maor>> important.
maor>Actually the whereis command is pretty useless because the places it
maor>looks are hardcoded in.  Much better is locate.  I don't mind including
maor>it if you insist.
locate shows huge amounts of information and does not restrict the search
to sensible locations.

I can do

whereis ls

to find ls + manpages in standard locations.

if I do

locate ls

then the screen will be scrolling with lots of other stuff.

Also whereis is commonly available in other linux distributions.

maor>> Reviewing the source package I noted that a large number of other tools
maor>> are also not installed. What are the reason for this?
maor>They are installed from other sources.  util-linux is a really ugly
maor>package.  Whenever possible, maintainers tried to find the upstream
maor>packages for the tools and use them.  That way new versions and
maor>upstream bugs get fixed.
But I noticed that a lot of the tools are NOT in other debian packages.

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