Section: dpkg suite (1)
dpkg-name - rename Debian packages to full package names
This manual page documents the
program which provides an easy way to rename
packages into their full package names. A full package name consists of
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.
- -a, --no-architecture
The destination filename will not have the architecture information.
- -k, --symlink
Create a symlink, instead of moving.
- -o, --overwrite
Existing files will be overwritten if they have the same name as the
- -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
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.
Sets the color mode (since dpkg 1.18.5).
The currently accepted values are: auto (default), always and
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).
Some packages don't follow the name structure
Packages renamed by dpkg-name
will follow this structure. Generally this will have no impact on how
packages are installed by
but other installation tools
might depend on this naming structure.
- 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.