apt-cache (was as86 ...)
> From: Brendan J Simon <email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: as86, thank for the replies. it works not!
> Date: Thu, 06 Jul 2000 13:18:05 +1000
> Message-ID: <3963FA6D.BCA5D5C8@ctam.com.au>
> > firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > > for future reference, if you know your system is missing a particular
> > > file, you may be able to locate which package it may reside in by
> > > using one of the search interfaces at:
> > >
> > > http://www.debian.org/distrib/packages
> > >
> > > i have found them to be quite useful on a number of occasions.
> > I find "apt-cache" very useful. I use it to search for package names or items
> > within packages.
> > eg.
> > apt-cache search as86
> > apt-cache pkgnames | grep 86
> ah, quite useful that ;-)
> i thought apt-cache was not able to tell you what package a file might
> be contained in unless the package was already installed though. can
> it do that? if it can, that'd be fantastic!
I think it can. Try it on a package that you haven't got installed.