Defining some official package naming standards

Corinna Vinschen
Mon Aug 14 08:41:00 GMT 2006

On Aug 12 23:13, Max Bowsher wrote:
> The recent thread about remake suggests it would be a good idea to 
> define some actual official package naming rules: exactly what things 
> are considered valid for the name, version, and release fields in a package.
> I propose:
> A package NVR identifier is name-version-release - three fields 
> separated by '-' characters.
> The release field MUST NOT contain a '-' character.
> The version field MUST begin with a digit. Well-behaved parsers should 
> allow it to contain '-' characters, but package creators should try to 
> avoid this because it can lead to NVRs that look confusing.
> The name field may contain '-' characters, EXCEPT that it MUST NOT 
> contain a '-' character immediately followed by a digit.

Weird, but I always thought that the above is already state of the art.


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