While most information about a package can be found in the control
file, some is managed centrally by the distribution czars rather than
by the maintainer in order to offer some global consistency. This
information is found in the override file.
The override file has a simple whitespace-delimited format. Comments
are allowed (denoted with a #).
package priority section [maintainerinfo]
package is the name of the package. Entries in the override file for
packages not found in the tree of binary packages are ignored.
priority and section correspond to the respective control fields
available in the .deb. The allowed values are specific to each
maintainerinfo, if present, can be either the name of a maintainer
for an unconditional override, or else oldmaintainer=> newmaintainer
to perform a substitution.
The 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
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