Q. I’m not able to run tracepath or tracepath6 under Debian Linux. tracepath is default under CentOS Linux. How do I install tracepath command under Debian Linux 4.x server? How do I find out what package owns the command under Debian / Ubuntu Linux?

A. iptrace and other utilities are part of the iputils package, which contains basic utilities for monitoring a network, including ping. The ping command sends a series of ICMP protocol ECHO_REQUEST packets to a specified network host to discover whether the target machine is alive and receiving network traffic. You need to install iputils-tracepath package under Debian / Ubuntu Linux to use tracepath / tracepath6 command.
# apt-get install iputils-tracepath
Now you can use, tracepath or traceroute command:
$ tracepath google.com
$ tracepath6 ipv6.google.com

How do I find out what package owns the command under Debian / Ubuntu Linux?

Use apt-cache command as follows:
$ apt-cache search 'command name'
$ apt-cache search 'regex'
$ apt-cache search 'tracepath'

Sample output:

gnome-nettool - network information tool for GNOME
iputils-tracepath - Tools to trace the network path to a remote host
traceroute-nanog - Determine route of packets in TCP/IP networks (NANOG variant)

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