Say I want to find out which package provides binary $x on my Guix system. On a Debian based system I would use the command apt-file search $x and on a RedHat system I would use yum whatprovides $x; what would be the equivalent command on Guix System?

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According to mroh on irc://irc.freenode.net/#guix there is currently no such command. (2020-07-05)


All binaries on GUIX are stored in /gnu/store and symlinked from your profile. What works for me is simply following these symlinks:

$ realpath $(which convert)

Which means that the convert command is provided by the imagemagick package.

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    This doesn't work if you don't have the command yet, you just know you need it (e.g. because make told you so) and it isn't provided by a package called itself.
    – wdkrnls
    May 29 at 22:58
  • I could swear there was a solution now via the Guix Data Service making it possible to search through pre-built packages. I just don't remember where.
    – wdkrnls
    May 29 at 23:07

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