Finding what installed a binary with YUM and RPM

Ever find yourself wondering what package installed a binary on your Red Hat or Red Hat like distro's? Well you can find that out pretty easily using yum or rpm.

[[email protected] ~]# yum whatprovides /usr/bin/ssh
Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit  
Adding en_US to language list  
openssh-clients-5.5p1-21.fc14.2.i686 : An open source SSH client applications  
Repo : fedora  
Matched from:  
Filename : /usr/bin/ssh  
  
openssh-clients-5.5p1-24.fc14.2.i686 : An open source SSH client applications  
Repo : updates  
Matched from:  
Filename : /usr/bin/ssh  
  
openssh-clients-5.5p1-24.fc14.2.i686 : An open source SSH client applications  
Repo : installed  
Matched from:  
Other : Provides-match: /usr/bin/ssh

You can also use rpm to find the same information.

[[email protected] ~]# rpm -q --whatprovides /usr/bin/ssh
openssh-clients-5.5p1-24.fc14.2.i686

One of the major differences between the two is Yum will check its repositories to find any package that can offer this binary. Where as rpm will check the rpmdb to tell you which exact package installed that binary.

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