5.8 What are all those directories inside dists/stable/main?
Within each of the major directory trees[
2], there are three sets of subdirectories containing index
There's one set of binary-something subdirectories
which contain index files for binary packages of each available computer
architecture, for example binary-i386 for packages which execute
on Intel x86 PC machines or binary-sparc for packages which
execute on Sun SPARCStations.
The complete list of available architectures for each release is available at
the release's web
page. For the current release, please see On what hardware architectures/systems does
Debian GNU/Linux run?, Section 3.1.
The index files in binary-* are called Packages(.gz) and they include a summary
of each binary package that is included in that distribution. The actual
binary packages (for woody and subsequent releases) reside in the top
Furthermore, there's a subdirectory called source/ which contains index files
for source packages included in the distribution. The index file is called
Last but not least, there's a set of subdirectories meant for the installation
system index files. In the woody release, these are named
disks-architecture; in sarge, they are at