Source Package Format 2.0

Chapter 1 - About this Manual

1.1 Background

A source package consists of software source code, a build system, and package metadata. From it is built one or more binary packages, which can be installed into an operating system.

1.2 Changes Since Version 1.0

Following is a summary of differences between versions 1.0 and 2.0 of this source package format:

1.3 Rationale


1.4 Scope

This specification applies both to source packages and to the package building tools that interact with them.

1.5 Definitions


source package

binary package

package sources

source package directory

package building work area, work area

package building tool