Changes between Version 3 and Version 4 of DissectingAPackage


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01/23/13 18:11:58 (9 years ago)
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jdreed
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  • DissectingAPackage

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    126126The control information contains metadata about the package.  The fields are largely self-explanatory -- we'll visit them in more detail later. 
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     128== Metapackages == 
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     130Metapackages are a special case of binary packages -- they don't include any software, only control information.  This is useful for defining a set of packages that provide a certain functionality.  For example, the `debathena-standard` metapackage is designed to provide basic Athena functionality, such as Kerberos, AFS, etc.  You don't need to know the many individual packages that provide this functionality, because debathena-standard either _Depends_ or _Recommends_ those packages.  This way, if we suddenly change filesystems, or add some new functionality, we can update the `debathena-standard` metapackage, and let the package manager take care of making the individual changes. 
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    128132Next: [[SourcePackages]]