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I'm looking for a package that provides a specific binary, so I can install it. how can I search to find out what packages provide this binary? (note: I know there's at least one tool that does this, but I have forgotten its name.)

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Also the binary I'm looking for is /usr/sbin/ipset if someone wanted to tip me off on what package provides it even though they don't know the answer to the question. –  xenoterracide Jun 12 '11 at 14:59
Gilles answer is the correct one. Regarding ipset, I was only able to find it in AUR aur.archlinux.org/packages.php?ID=16553 –  jasonwryan Jun 12 '11 at 18:46

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From the Pacman Rosetta, since you're looking for the equivalent to apt-file:

pkgfile filename

pkgfile used to be in the pkgtools package. In recent versions, it's in its own package. To install: pacman -S pkgfile

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From ArchWiki:

$ pacman -Qo /path/to/file_name

You can to see more arguments in Querying package databases.

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That only tells you what package owns a file, it won't tell you what you need to install to get it. –  David C. Bishop May 25 '13 at 10:09
@DavidC.Bishop Is that not the very same thing? –  Victor May 1 '14 at 0:19
@Victor No, the package must be installed on the system already in order to query it. –  David C. Bishop May 2 '14 at 1:31
@DavidC.Bishop Ah I see, you meant "what installed package owns a fle". Thanks! –  Victor May 2 '14 at 14:52

the google way:

site:www.archlinux.org/packages/ bin/filename
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