I installed the debian package bittorrent.

The package description states that it "contains the tools which are used for console-only downloading. "

I expected that an executable named "bittorrent" will be made available somewhere, where my PATH environment variable is pointing to, such that I can use the executable from a shell.

doing so, i get

$ bittorrent
getbash: bittorrent: command not found

Trying the man pages for the package that I installed

$ man bittorrent
No manual entry for bittorrent

I honestly don't know what I can do now with this package.

To solve my problem at hand, I'm using rtorrent now. However: How would I go about, in general and for this very example, if I want to find out how I use a debian package when there is no executable with the same name as the package?

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From the linked page, you can see a list of the files the package installs

And of this list, a number are installed into /usr/bin which normally holds executables:


As Bit-torrent is a protocol, not a product there isn't really an ideal executable to 'run' as such - you can run the above executables, and they may all have man pages as well. Also, you can try running them and passing switches to them such as -h or --help which most executables support. However normally these are used by various bit torrent clients, to implement the functionality these clients provide.

It's similar to how you may install fonts on a system, but you're never going to 'run' the fonts, you make use of them.


Another way to query the files in a package is via dpkg-query

dpkg-query -L bittorrent

will give you a list of the files the package would install.

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    the [list of files] on the webpage, that was what I was looking for. Thanks!
    – Martin
    Jun 21, 2017 at 16:03
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    There's likely a way to list it directly from the package manager too, but as I don't use Debian generally I'm unsure what it is. Jun 22, 2017 at 5:53
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    good thought. I just had a look: This can be done with dpkg-query -L PACKAGE_NAME
    – Martin
    Jun 23, 2017 at 9:29

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