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deb-override(5) dpkg utilities deb-override(5)
deb-override - Debian archive override file
While most information about a package can be found in the control file, some is managed
centrally by the distribution czars rather than by the maintainer in order to offer some
global consistency. This information is found in the override file.
The override file has a simple whitespace-delimited format. Comments are allowed (denoted
with a #).
package priority section [maintainerinfo]
package is the name of the package. Entries in the override file for packages not found in
the tree of binary packages are ignored.
priority and section correspond to the respective control fields available in the .deb.
The allowed values are listed in the Debian policy.
maintainerinfo, if present, can be either the name of a maintainer for an unconditional
override, or else oldmaintainer => newmaintainer to perform a substitution.
The override files used to make the official Packages lists may be found in the indices
directory on any Debian mirror.
dpkg-scanpackages(1), dpkg-scansources(1), apt-ftparchive(1), /usr/share/doc/debian-pol-
Debian Project 2007-03-07 deb-override(5)
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