Section: dpkg suite (5)
deb-origin - Vendor-specific information files
The files in /etc/dpkg/origins
can provide information about
various vendors who are providing Debian packages.
They contain a number of fields, or comments when the line starts with
Each field begins with a tag, such as Vendor or Parent,
followed by a colon and the body of the field. Fields are delimited
only by field tags. In other words, field text may be multiple lines
in length, but the tools will join lines when processing the body of
The file should be named according to the vendor name.
The usual convention is to name the vendor file using the vendor name
in all lowercase, but some variation is permitted.
Namely, spaces are mapped to dashes ('-'), and the file
can have the same casing as the value in Vendor field, or it can
- Vendor: vendor-name (required)
The value of this field determines the vendor name.
- Vendor-URL: vendor-url
The value of this field determines the vendor URL.
- Bugs: bug-url
The value of this field determines the type and address of the bug
tracking system used by this vendor. It can be a mailto URL or a
debbugs URL (e.g., debbugs://bugs.debian.org/).
- Parent: vendor-name
The value of this field determines the vendor name of the vendor that
this vendor derives from.