While most information about a binary/source package can be found in
the control/.dsc file, all of it can be overridden when it's exported
to Packages/Sources files. The extra override file contains those
The extra override file has a simple whitespace-delimited format.
Comments are allowed (denoted with a #).
package field-name valuepackage is the name of the binary/source package.
field-name is the name of the field that is overridden. value is the
value to put in the field. It can contain spaces as the line is split
in no more than 3 columns when it's parsed.
The extra override files used to make the official Packages lists may
be found in the indices directory on any Debian mirror.
This page is part of the dpkg (Debian Package Manager) project.
Information about the project can be found at
⟨https://wiki.debian.org/Teams/Dpkg/⟩. If you have a bug report for
this manual page, see
⟨http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/pkgreport.cgi?src=dpkg⟩. This page
was obtained from the project's upstream Git repository
⟨git://git.debian.org/git/dpkg/dpkg.git⟩ on 2017-03-13. If you dis‐
cover any rendering problems in this HTML version of the page, or you
believe there is a better or more up-to-date source for the page, or
you have corrections or improvements to the information in this
COLOPHON (which is not part of the original manual page), send a mail
1.18.15-3-ga2ef 1970-01-01 deb-extra-override(5)