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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 deb.

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.

           Warning: Use this option with care, it is 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.

           Warning: 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 (default).

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

       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
       clone https://git.dpkg.org/git/dpkg/dpkg.git⟩ on 2023-12-22.  (At
       that time, the date of the most recent commit that was found in
       the repository was 2023-12-18.)  If you discover any rendering
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