I'm just being curious about how or from what package the /etc/inputrc file is generated in an Ubuntu system. I've tried:

$ apt-file search /etc/inputrc

But it outputs nothing. No package assigned?

I've seen there exist a inputrc file in the libreadline6 and bash packages but neither of them seems to be responsible of it (unless I failed to see the steps who produce it in one of those packages).


After looking more clear-fully at the readline6 source package, more specifically at the readline-common.postinst file I discovered the file is copied at the configure step

if [ "$1" = "configure" ] && [ "$2" = "" ]; then
  install_from_default /usr/share/readline/inputrc /etc/inputrc

I really don't understand why it's copied this way and not with some cp in the rules file or even in a debian/readline-common.install file.

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