Trying to install pass (password manager). I noticed that in my system (Ubuntu 14.04.4) another program called pass is already installed but I am sure that this is not password manager.
pass --help returns

Input format should be:
./pass inputfile min_window max_window false_num outputfile [-qnorm] [-nop] [-adjust] [-p priorfile]

I managed to find that this is possibly compiler, comes from packege pass2 and may be a part of binutils but as a search phrase is short finding it in a web search is quite of pita... Any combinations of 'pass and linux' end with troubleshooting of installing pass in lfs...

Can anyone point me in the right direction?


Use dpkg -S to search for what package owns the file:

dpkg -S /usr/bin/pass

My guess, based solely on the names of the expected command line options, is that your pass command is a command line version of Poisson Approximation for Statistical Significance (a bioinformatics tool). This tool has a web interface here (for example, there are others too): http://insilicom.com/root?tool_id=hgv_pass

  • Spot on. My Ubuntu is indeed Biolinux 8 flavour. Thanks! – xi100f Jun 15 '17 at 11:29

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