Is it possible to use apt-cache (or more generally APT) to search for packages that include a specific program, like setcap or ifconfig?

I know i can use dpkg -S <prog> to identify installed packages that include <prog>, but is it possible to retrieve such information from remote package repositories?

  • Does the highest voted answer on unix.stackexchange.com/q/149805 answer your question?
    – Quasímodo
    Jun 26 '20 at 11:08
  • @Quasímodo - I don't think so. That answers how to find packages that depend on a specific package.
    – Shuzheng
    Jun 26 '20 at 11:10

Use apt-file for this task. If it's not installed, sudo apt install apt-file. Run apt-file update after installation.

apt-file search setcap for example.

If you don't want to install anything locally, you can use debian index online.

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