dpkg-name(1) dpkg utilities dpkg-name(1)
dpkg-name - rename Debian packages to full package names
dpkg-name [options] [--] files
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>.<pack-
age_type> as specified in the control file of the package. The <ver-
sion> 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
The destination filename will not have the architecture informa-
Create a symlink, instead of moving.
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-<archi-
tecture>'. The section field isn't required so a lot of packages
will find their way to the `no-section' area. Use this option
with care, it's messy.
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.
Show the usage message and exit.
Show the version and exit.
Show the copyright licensing terms and exit.
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 --build debian-tmp &&&& dpkg-name -o -s .. debian-tmp.deb
This can be used when building new packages.
Some packages don't follow the name structure <package>_<ver-
sion>_<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.
deb(5), deb-control(5), dpkg(1), dpkg-deb(1), find(1), xargs(1).
Copyright 1995,1996 Erick Branderhorst
This is free software; see the GNU General Public Licence version 2 or
later for copying conditions. There is NO WARRANTY.
Debian Project 2007-11-22 dpkg-name(1)