Package naming rules.
Until now, I have been silent on this issue. Working on upgrade issues and
learning perl, have brought me to a place where I now have a strong
In order to determine whether a package is already installed at the
archive version level, I need to see what version is in the archive. I do
this with a line like: ls /doc/man*.deb |grep -w man. This works well to
distinguish between man and manpage packages, but doesn't work at all to
distinguish between libc4 and libc4-dev. This is because grep identifies
the '-' as a word separator, and rightly so. This SHOULD be the word
separator to delimit version from package name.
Since other utilities than grep follow the same rules for word separators
it seems only prudent to not allow word separators within a package name.
As the underscore ('_') character is not considered a word separator (at
least by grep, that's the only test I have made) I strongly suggest that
all dash ('-') characters in package names be replaced by underscore ('_')
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