Debian Package Management Overview
Each Debian package contains program and configuration files, documentation, and noted dependencies on other packages. The names of Debian packages have three common elements, including:
- Package name
A Debian package name is short and descriptive. When multiple words are used in the name, they are separated by hyphens. Typical names include binutils, kernel-source, and telnet.
- Version number
Each package has a version. Most package versions are the same as that of the software they contain. The format of package versions varies from package to package, but most are numeric (
- A file extension
By default, all Debian packages end with the .deb file extension.
Figure 5-1 illustrates a Debian package name.