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From "Bear Giles (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Created] (COMPRESS-133) Mention Debian/Ubuntu packages in AR format documentation
Date Wed, 15 Jun 2011 23:24:47 GMT
Mention Debian/Ubuntu packages in AR format documentation
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                 Key: COMPRESS-133
                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/COMPRESS-133
             Project: Commons Compress
          Issue Type: Improvement
          Components: Archivers
            Reporter: Bear Giles
            Priority: Trivial


The documentation for the AR format can/should mention that it is the basis for Debian/Ubuntu
packages. A .deb file is actually an AR file with three elements:

_debian-binary_: version number ("2.0")

_data.tar.gz_: compressed tarball containing the package's files

_control.tar.gz_: compressed tarball containing the package's metadata (information, installation
and removal scripts, etc.)

People will normally want to use the Debian package management tools but it's nice to know
that we can access the 'original' content if necessary.

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