Saturday, October 18, 2014
While working on Ubuntu Server 14.04 I needed to install the
innobackupex command. Simply running
apt-get install innobackupex did nothing. I tried running
apt-cache search innobackupex, but nothing was returned. This was another case of a command belonging to an apt package that didn’t use the same name.
My background is in Enterprise Linux so I’m very used to the
yum command. One of the lesser known but very useful yum commands is
yum provides. If you are trying to figure out which package a particular command belongs to you can run
yum provides */command.
In order to emulate the
yum provides functionality in apt you need to install apt-file.
apt-get install apt-file
After you have installed apt-file you need to update its database (just like you would update apt-get’s database):
With that done, you can finally search for the package the command you are trying to install belongs to. As mentioned, I needed to install innobackupex, so I ran an apt-file search:
apt-file search innobackupex
apt-file returned one result which was the package name, percona-xtrabackup.
I installed the package with
apt-get install percona-xtrabackup and the
innobackupex command was now available.