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4$Id: port-provides.1.txt 129054 2014-12-04 19:23:54Z cal@macports.org $
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6NAME
7----
8port-provides - Find the port that installed a file
9
10SYNOPSIS
11--------
12[cmdsynopsis]
13*port* *provides* 'file' ...
14
15DESCRIPTION
16-----------
17*port provides* looks up which port installed a given file, if the file has been
18installed by MacPorts. If the given file is not known to MacPorts it was either
19obtained using a different method, or has been created by a script or an
20executable after installation.
21
22All files that are part of a port will be removed when you uninstall said port.
23For this reason, configuration files are often not registered to a port to
24preserve modifications across updates.
25
26[NOTE]
27You can only use *provides* on files that you have installed on your system.
28MacPorts does currently not have a global database of files. If you're looking
29for the port that provides a specific file, *provides* is useless to you.
30
31BUGS
32----
33If MacPorts is configured to use a prefix that contains symlinks, *provides* may
34incorrectly report that a file is unknown to MacPorts.
35
36SEE ALSO
37--------
38man:port[1], man:port-contents[1]
39
40AUTHORS
41-------
42 (C) 2014 The MacPorts Project
43 Clemens Lang <cal@macports.org>
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