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Commercial .debs

I just noticed the following planned but non-existent title in the
Debian Documentation Project's list of manuals:

  How Software Producers can distribute their products directly in .deb

I thought a little about what might go in here, and realised that I 
have not seen any guidance published for the structure of non-Debian

Clearly we are going to have trouble in the future if misguided
commercial developers create packages that conflict with official
packages.  While it is clearly up to them to get it right, it would
be a good idea for us to give them guidelines to let them avoid

Should we say, for example, that any commercial package should put all
its files under /opt/<package> or /usr/local/commercial/<package> or
something of the kind?

What other guidance is needed?

Oliver Elphick                                Oliver.Elphick@lfix.co.uk
Isle of Wight                              http://www.lfix.co.uk/oliver
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