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Equivalent packages between Linux distributions

I have generated a list of roughly equivalent packages between Linux distributions (currently Debian 5 and Fedora 13). The list is automatically generated.


An example entry in this file is:


This means that package ack-grep in Debian is 91.4286% similar to package ack in Fedora. I have set a threshold of 60% to say if two packages are equivalent. If they are more than 60% similar, then I say they are the same package. This threshold can be tuned. The similarity is based on similarity between source packages.

Do you think such a list could be useful to Debian? A possible use would be that a user could identify an equivalent package knowing only Fedora's package name.

Please CC me on any responses.

Silvio Cesare

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