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For example I can easily find locate command belongs to mlocate.i386 package.

yum search locate
mlocate.i386 : An utility for finding files by name
[mirror@home /]$ rpm -qa | grep locate

yum search updatedb
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, protectbase
0 packages excluded due to repository protections
=========================================== Matched: updatedb ===========================================
mlocate.i386 : An utility for finding files by name

But it's not so easy to find which package free command belongs to:

yum search free   // this command just returns too much informationy 
rpm -qa | grep free
freetype-2.2.1-31.el5_8.1   // obviously not the package by which free command is installed

So is there any convinent way to know which package a specific command belongs to on Linux? For example CentOS or some other distributions

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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Query the rpmdb.

rpm -qf $(which free)
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why not use rpm -qf which free? – hugemeow Sep 1 '12 at 9:35
Either is fine. $(...) is habit for me. – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Sep 1 '12 at 12:20

Ubuntu / Debian:

dpkg -S $(which free)
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For CentOS, how about yum provides?


which free 

to find out where it is

For me it's at


So then you can run

yum provides /usr/bin/free

and it will tell you which package has it

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