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NAME         top

       dpkg-name - rename Debian packages to full package names

SYNOPSIS         top

       dpkg-name [option...]  [--] file...

DESCRIPTION         top

       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 followed by a hyphen and the revision information. The
       package-type part comes from that field if present or fallbacks to

OPTIONS         top

       -a, --no-architecture
              The destination filename will not have the architecture

       -k, --symlink
              Create a symlink, instead of moving.

       -o, --overwrite
              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-architecture».  The section field
              is not required so a lot of packages will find their way to
              the no-section area.  Use this option with care, it's messy.

       -c, --create-dir
              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.

       -?, --help
              Show the usage message and exit.

       -v, --version
              Show the version and exit.

ENVIRONMENT         top

              Sets the color mode (since dpkg 1.18.5).  The currently
              accepted values are: auto (default), always and never.

              If set, it will be used to decide whether to activate Native
              Language Support, also known as internationalization (or i18n)
              support (since dpkg 1.19.0).  The accepted values are: 0 and 1

BUGS         top

       Some packages don't follow the name structure
       package_version_architecture.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 naming structure.

EXAMPLES         top

       dpkg-name bar-foo.deb
              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
              the control part of bar-foo.deb).

       find /root/debian/ -name '*.deb' | xargs -n 1 dpkg-name -a
              All files with the extension deb in the directory /root/debian
              and its subdirectory's will be renamed by dpkg-name if
              required into names with no architecture information.

       find -name '*.deb' | xargs -n 1 dpkg-name -a -o -s -c
              Don't do this.  Your archive will be messed up completely
              because a lot of packages don't come with section information.
              Don't do this.

       dpkg-deb --build debian-tmp && dpkg-name -o -s .. debian-tmp.deb
              This can be used when building new packages.

SEE ALSO         top

       deb(5), deb-control(5), dpkg(1), dpkg-deb(1), find(1), xargs(1).

COLOPHON         top

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       ⟨https://salsa.debian.org/dpkg-team/dpkg.git⟩ on 2020-11-01.  (At
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