A source package is the source archive of which on or more binary packages can be compiled. Those binary packages are most often referred to as just packages.

Example: from the source package 'nautilus' the following binary packages are compiled:

  • libnautilus-extension-dev
  • libnautilus-extension1
  • nautilus
  • nautilus-data
  • nautilus-dbg

Finding the source package

You can find the source package of a certain package with:

  • The search box at the home page of Ubuntu in Launchpad

  • The command apt-cache show ${package name} | grep ^Source:

    • If you get nothing from the previous command, the package name is the same as the name of the source package.

SourcePackage (last edited 2010-02-03 20:46:14 by ck752853-a)