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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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2.1.14 Architecture sections

Within each of the major directory trees (dists/stable/main, dists/stable/contrib, dists/stable/non-free, dists/unstable/main, etc.), the binary package entries reside in subdirectories whose names indicate the chip architecture for which they were compiled.

  • binary-all/, for packages which are architecture-independent. These include, for example, Perl scripts, or pure documentation.

  • binary-platform/, for packages which execute on a particular binary platform.

Please note that the actual binary packages for testing and unstable no longer reside in these directories, but in the top-level pool directory. The index files (Packages and Packages.gz) have been kept, though, for backwards compatibility.

For the actual binary architectures supported, see the Release Notes for each distribution. They can be located at the Release Notes sites for stable and testing.

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