$ uname -a
Linux laptop 4.19.0-2-amd64 #1 SMP Debian 4.19.16-1 (2019-01-17) x86_64 GNU/Linux

I need to use cv::face::createLBPHFaceRecognizer(), which is not a part of the core OpenCV but rather a contributed module.

$ dpkg -l libopencv-contrib-dev
ii  libopencv-contrib-dev:amd64 3.2.0+dfsg-6 amd64        development files for libopencv-contrib3.2

everything fine ... no:

 src/cmd.cpp:150: error: ‘cv::face’ has not been declared
 const auto model = cv::face::createLBPHFaceRecognizer();

OK. Let's then include the needed headers manually:

$ dpkg -S libopencv-contrib-dev
libopencv-contrib-dev:amd64: /usr/share/doc/libopencv-contrib-dev
libopencv-contrib-dev:amd64: /usr/share/doc/libopencv-contrib-dev/changelog.Debian.gz
libopencv-contrib-dev:amd64: /usr/share/doc/libopencv-contrib-dev/copyright
libopencv-contrib-dev:amd64: /usr/share/doc/libopencv-contrib-dev/README.Debian

Nothing! Is this a packager's mistake (this is Debian testing after all)? An OpenCV peculiarity? A minor oversight on my side? I would like to continue using the package manager, instead of compiling the whole thing myself.


The package is fine, you’re using the wrong dpkg option:

dpkg -L libopencv-contrib-dev

will list all the files in the libopencv-contrib-dev, which is what you’re after (and will show all the files listed here), whereas

dpkg -S libopencv-contrib-dev

searches all installed packages for files with libopencv-contrib-dev in their path, which only matches the four files you’ve listed.


It was an oversight on my part.

#include <opencv2/opencv.hpp>
#include <opencv2/face.hpp>

The first include is insufficient, the second one is needed as well.

Although this solves the problem, I would appreciate an explaination why don't any useful files show up in dpkg -S.

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