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I would like to know what is the name of the Ubuntu package that finds out for us on the terminal what package to install.

As an example, imagine that I don't have gparted installed. I just open the terminal and type gparted on it, and a message like this appears:

"gparted" was not found.
The program 'gparted' is currently not installed.  You can install it by typing:
sudo apt-get install gparted

So my question is: What is the name of the package that allows this message to appear ?

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From this reference, it is auto-apt. It will, upon a failure to find an executable file, check the database of files installable by apt-get and give the correct package(s) to use. command-not-found also appears to perform this functionality.

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I guess it should be provided by command-not-found package. This package also provides the feature that suggests similar command names when your command is not found:

$ gdit
No command 'gdit' found, did you mean:
  Command 'edit' from package 'mime-support' (main)
  Command 'gedit' from package 'gedit' (main)
  Command 'gdis' from package 'gdis' (universe)
  Command 'git' from package 'git' (main)

Source: CrunchBang Linux Forums

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