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I cant find out what the parent package of the file command is. Need it installed on a Centos 6 OS.



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The following command should answer your question

 rpm -q --whatprovides `which file`

In RedHat and derived distributions the name of the package is file

 $ rpm -q --whatprovides `which file`

Edit As @Miquel reminds in Debian and Ubuntu one can use dpkg-query -S:

 $ dpkg-query -S `which file`
 file: /usr/bin/file
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Replace rpm -q with dpkg -S in debian/ubuntu/derivates – Miquel Jun 11 '12 at 14:11
@Miquel Thank you! – Dmitri Chubarov Jun 11 '12 at 14:32

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