Prompt what package to install when it is missing

Scott Webster sewebster at
Fri Nov 11 13:05:53 PST 2011

On Fri, Nov 11, 2011 at 12:57 PM, Phillip Koebbe
<phillip.koebbe at> wrote:
> On Nov 11, 2011, at 2:43 PM, Brandon Allbery wrote:
>> Actually, it's only fairly recently that Linux package managers started shipping with a master package manifest that could be queried for this kind of thing, and it's an add-in instead of basic behavior; as such, it's only "fundamental" in the sense that there's only one such manifest to query on any given Linux system.
> I guess my memory is worse than I thought. I seem to recall the behavior we're discussing when I used Debian regularly 10ish years ago. My mistake.

You could run "auto-apt search <some_file>" a long time ago, but it
certainly didn't just pop up a useful comment if you typed an unknown
command at the prompt...


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