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

On Sun, 11 Jan 2009 19:56:52 +0000 (GMT)
Jack Grahl <mnvl16@yahoo.co.uk> 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.

Alternatively, look up the package concerned using dpkg -S:

$ dpkg -S ls.1.gz

To make this a requirement for *all* manpages seems like
massive overkill.

Maybe this bug could be reassigned to coreutils and possibly cloned for
util-linux that each manpage in the base packages at least contain a
"See also: " comment, if only because there are so many.

If you want this information in order to file a bug against the package
containing the manpage, reportbug will do the lookup for you and give
you the chance to choose which package relates to the file you wanted.

If the syntax for dpkg -S is unfamiliar, reportbug is a suitable

A final alternative is the packages.debian.org website (has the
advantage that it also allows looking up files within packages that are
not currently installed).


Neil Williams

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