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deb-old(5)			  dpkg suite			    deb-old(5)

NAME
       deb-old - old style Debian binary package format

SYNOPSIS
       filename.deb

DESCRIPTION
       The  .deb  format is the	Debian binary package file format. This	manual
       page describes the old format, used  before  Debian  0.93.  Please  see
       deb(5) for details of the new format.

FORMAT
       The  file is two	lines of format	information as ASCII text, followed by
       two concatenated	gzipped	ustar files.

       The first line is the format version number padded to 8 digits, and  is
       0.939000	for all	old-format archives.

       The second line is a decimal string (without leading zeroes) giving the
       length of the first gzipped tarfile.

       Each of these lines is terminated with a	single newline character.

       The first tarfile contains the control  information,  as	 a  series  of
       ordinary	 files.	 The  file control must	be present, as it contains the
       core control information.

       In some very old	 archives,  the	 files	in  the	 control  tarfile  may
       optionally  be  in  a  DEBIAN  subdirectory.  In	 that case, the	DEBIAN
       subdirectory will be in	the  control  tarfile  too,  and  the  control
       tarfile	will have only files in	that directory.	Optionally the control
       tarfile may contain an entry for	`.', that is, the current directory.

       The second  gzipped  tarfile  is	 the  filesystem  archive,  containing
       pathnames  relative to the root directory of the	system to be installed
       on. The pathnames do not	have leading slashes.

SEE ALSO
       deb(5), dpkg-deb(1), deb-control(5).

1.18.24				  2017-05-17			    deb-old(5)

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