Commit 1cfc90c6 authored by Guillem Jover's avatar Guillem Jover

deb(5): Document in more detail the supported ar archive format

Reported-by: Niels Thykier's avatarNiels Thykier <>
parent d721133a
......@@ -25,6 +25,7 @@ dpkg (1.16.5) UNRELEASED; urgency=low
architectures already covered by architecture wildcards. Closes: #675333
* Do not assume $ENV{'HOME'} is defined in Dpkg::Source::Package.
Thanks to Niels Thykier <>. Closes: #677631
* Document in more detail in deb(5) the supported ar archive format.
[ Updated dpkg translations ]
* Swedish (Peter Krefting).
......@@ -18,7 +18,7 @@
.\" You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
.\" along with this program. If not, see <>.
.TH deb 5 "2011-08-14" "Debian Project" "Debian"
.TH deb 5 "2012-06-16" "Debian Project" "Debian"
deb \- Debian binary package format
......@@ -38,7 +38,11 @@ The file is an
.B ar
archive with a magic value of
.BR !<arch> .
The file names might contain a trailing slash.
Only the common \fBar\fP archive format is supported, with no long file
name extensions, but with file names containing an optional trailing
slash, which limits their length to 15 characters (from the 16 allowed).
File sizes are limited to 10 ASCII decimal digits, allowing for up to
approximately 9536.74 MiB member files.
The \fBtar\fP archives currently allowed are, the old-style (v7) format,
the pre-POSIX ustar format, a subset of the GNU format (only the new
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