[Rpm-metadata] What to call the packages that Debian produces?

Matt Zimmerman mdz at debian.org
Mon Nov 10 21:27:16 EST 2003

On Tue, Nov 11, 2003 at 11:46:01AM +1100, Malcolm Tredinnick wrote:

> Another one from the stupid questions guy:
> If there a recommended name for the type of packages that Debian uses? I
> see them variously referred to as "Debian packages", "debs", ".debs" and
> other things (although the first three are the most common). Is there a
> Debian style-guide recommendation for the name?

The relevant Debian documents generally prefer "Debian packages", which is
the most generic.  "deb" is biased toward binary packages, as opposed to
source packages.  ".deb" is unambiguously a single file containing a Debian
binary package.

Is there a name for the packages acted upon by rpm(8) which is distinct from
the name of the tool itself?

 - mdz

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