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I want to check if a particular directory (like /usr/kde) was created and is currently managed by apt-get. How can I do that?

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Apt is a front end to your real package manager. Typically dpkg on a GNU/Debian derived systems (such as Ubuntu). In this case you should use:

dpkg -S /usr/kde

But in other systems such as PCLinuxOS, apt is used to manage rpm pakcages. In this case the command is:

rpm -qf /usr/kde
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Thanks, works perfect. And wow, learned something new, I never knew that apt-get can also be used on RPM based systems, I always thought it is very closely related to dpkg and in any case Debian-only (or any Debian derivate). – Albert Aug 8 '10 at 16:55

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