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rapt-file - APT package searching utility -- search remotely




rapt-file [ options ] [ action ] [ pattern ]


rapt-file is a command line tool for searching files in packages for the APT package management system. It differs from apt-file in that it works with remote package indices, so it doesn’t need to download full Contents files.
find Alias for search.
list List the contents of a package matching the pattern pattern. This action is very close to the dpkg -L command except the package does not need to be installed or fetched.
search Search in which package a file is included. A list of all packages containing the pattern pattern is returned.

rapt-file will only search for filenames, not directory names. This is due to the format of the Contents files it searches.

show Alias for list.


-a, --architecture architecture
  Sets architecture to architecture. This option is useful if you search a package for a different architecture from the one installed on your system. It determines how the $ARCH variable in sources.list is expanded (but it does not influence the search in any other way).
-l, --package-only
  Only display package name; do not display file names.
-v, --verbose
  Run rapt-file in verbose mode.
-h, --help
  Display a short help screen.


  Locations to fetch package contents from.
  Directory with additional sources.list snippets


rapt-file was written by Enrico Zini <>.

RAPT-FILE (1) May 2012
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