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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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Paul

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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`
 file-5.04-13.el6.x86_64

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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