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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.  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 (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

       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

       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
       ⟨https://salsa.debian.org/dpkg-team/dpkg.git⟩ on 2021-04-01.  (At
       that time, the date of the most recent commit that was found in
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