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Bug#511522: general: Man pages should say what package a program belongs to

On Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 07:56:52PM +0000, Jack Grahl wrote:
> If some program belongs to a package which does not have the same name 
> as the program, the man page for that command should say which package 
> the program is part of.
> This is not the case in, for instance, coreutils or util-linux.
> This information is needed, even for packages that are always installed 
> as part of the base distribution, since to get source code for a program 
> in coreutils one needs to know that it is part of that package.

% dpkg -S /usr/bin/basename
coreutils: /usr/bin/basename
% man basename | tail -n 1
GNU coreutils 2008                      BASENAME(1)

It's always trivial to determine which program belongs to a particular
package--this is the job of the package manager, dpkg, whose job is to
track which files are in which package.  It does not need to be in the
documentation (though it often is, albeit with a screwy version in this


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