2.2.2 Debian package format
A Debian "package", or a Debian archive file, contains the executable
files, libraries, and documentation associated with a particular program suite
or set of related programs. Normally, a Debian archive file has a filename
that ends in .deb. [
The internals of this Debian binary package format are described in the
deb(5) manual page. Because this internal format is subject to
change (between major releases of Debian), always use
for manipulating .deb files.
Through at least the Sarge distribution, all Debian archive files have been
manipulable by the standard Unix commands
dpkg commands are not available.