1.4. Package Naming

Packages supplied by distributions and applications must follow the following rules for the name field within the package. These rules are not required for the filename of the package file itself.[1]

The following rules apply to the name field alone, not including any release or version.[2]



For example, there are discrepancies among distributions concerning whether the name might be frobnicator-1.7-21-ppc32.rpm or frobnicator-1.7-21-powerpc32.rpm. The architecture aside, recommended practice is for the filename of the package file to match the name within the package.


For example, if the name with the release and version is frobnicator-1.7-21, the name part is frobnicator and falls under the rules for a name with no hyphens.


For example, "frobnicator".


For example, ssh-common, ssh-client, kernel-pcmcia, and the like. Possible alternative names include sshcommon, foolinux-ssh-common (where foolinux is registered to the distribution), or lsb-foolinux-ssh-common.


For example, if an application vendor has domain name visicalc.example.com and has registered visicalc as a provider name, they might name packages visicalc-base, visicalc.example.com-charting, and the like.