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Glossary

The following terms will be useful to you throughout this book and in general when you're talking about Debian.

Package.
A file that contains everything needed to install, de-install, and run a particular program. The program that handles packages is dpkg. dselect is a front-end to dpkg. Experienced users often use dpkg to install or remove a package.
Package names.
All package names have the form xxxxxxxxxxx.deb. Sample package names include the following:
  • efax_08a-1.deb
  • lrzsz_0.12b-1.deb
  • mgetty_0.99.2-6.deb
  • minicom_1.75-1.deb
  • term_2.3.5-5.deb
  • uucp_1.06.1-2.deb
  • uutraf_1.1-1.deb
  • xringd_1.10-2.deb
  • xtel_3.1-2.deb



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