Defining some official package naming standards

Max Bowsher
Mon Aug 14 08:58:00 GMT 2006

Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> 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.

The above is a set of rules distilled from current practice, but I don't 
think we've actually defined and documented this before.


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