[Aptitude-devel] Bug#695205: aptitude install name_of_the_missing_file should find the package of name_of_the_missing_file and install it

Axel Beckert abe at debian.org
Sat Dec 8 13:25:18 UTC 2012

reassign 695205 apt-file
unblock 695205 by 695436
retitle 695205 apt-file: Should provide a wrapper to install the found package 


Daniel Hartwig wrote:
> On 5 December 2012 20:59, Ole Tange <ole at tange.dk> wrote:
> > $ apt-file search libglut.so.3
> > freeglut3: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglut.so.3
> > freeglut3: /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libglut.so.3.9.0
> > $ sudo aptitude install freeglut3
> Clear and concise.  No confusion over what you meant with /these/ commands.
> >
> > It would be nice if I did not have to go through apt-file to locate
> > the package, but that I instead simply could do:
> >
> > $ sudo aptitude install libglut.so.3
> Whats that?  Is the argument a package name, some missing file you
> like, something else?  This is no longer clear.

That's what I thought, too. Nevertheless I think the idea in general
is not so bad.

A more clear situation would provide a sub command named e.g.

But despite it sounds simple, I think this is quite complex to
integrate in aptitude. But it could be easily implemented as a wrapper
around apt-file and apt-get/aptitude.

And since it needs apt-file anyway (pointless to implement that
functionality a second time), but may be used with aptitude as well as
apt-get, I think it's better if such a wrapper script (named e.g.
apt-file-install) is included in the apt-file package.

Actually http://bugs.debian.org/408379 already covers the download
part as wrapper script. It should be easy to change the script to
install the package instead.

Reassigning to apt-file hence.

		Regards, Axel
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