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This manual page documents the dpkg-name program which provides an easy
way to rename Debian packages into their full package names. A full
package name consists of package_version_architecture.package-type as
specified in the control file of the package. The version part of the
filename consists of the upstream version information optionally fol-
lowed by a hyphen and the revision information. The package-type part
comes from that field if present or fallbacks to deb.
The destination filename will not have the architecture informa-
Create a symlink, instead of moving.
Existing files will be overwritten if they have the same name as
the destination filename.
-s, --subdir [dir]
Files will be moved into a subdirectory. If the directory given
as argument exists the files will be moved into that directory
otherwise the name of the target directory is extracted from the
section field in the control part of the package. The target
directory will be 'unstable/binary-architecture/section'. If the
section is not found in the control, then 'no-section' is
assumed, and in this case, as well as for sections 'non-free'
and 'contrib' the target directory is 'section/binary-architec-
ture'. The section field isn't required so a lot of packages
will find their way to the 'no-section' area. Use this option
with care, it's messy.
This option can used together with the -s option. If a target
directory isn't found it will be created automatically. Use
this option with care.
Show the usage message and exit.
Show the version and exit.
The file 'bar-foo.deb' will be renamed to bar-foo_1.0-2_i386.deb
or something similar (depending on whatever information is in
Some packages don't follow the name structure package_version_architec-
ture.deb. Packages renamed by dpkg-name will follow this structure.
Generally this will have no impact on how packages are installed by
dselect(1)/dpkg(1), but other installation tools might depend on this
deb(5), deb-control(5), dpkg(1), dpkg-deb(1), find(1), xargs(1).
Copyright (C) 1995,1996 Erick Branderhorst
This is free software; see the GNU General Public Licence version 2 or
later for copying conditions. There is NO WARRANTY.
Debian Project 2011-08-14 dpkg-name(1)