Status: DRAFT Date: 2023-09-25 Obsoletes: Source Package Format 1.0
This document describes version 2.0 of the format for software packages.
This specification is in
DRAFT status. It is a work-in-progress and is subject to change. Comments and revisions are welcome.
Although some sections have yet to be written, this specification is already implemented by package building tools and over 100 source packages since 2012. Any changes made to written sections will maintain compatibility with the existing format and implementations.
Occasionally, new optional elements of the format are added and existing limitations are relaxed. Such changes are made in tandem with corresponding support being added to package building tools. Source packages that make use of such new elements and relaxed limitations are responsible for ensuring that package building tools are new enough to support them, by listing such tools and minimum required versions in the
Build-Depends control field (see § 5.1). Refer to the release notes of package building tools to identify the versions in which support is added for changes to this Source Package Format.
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