packages .deb and .udeb

Matthew Palmer mpalmer at
Mon Jan 2 10:05:43 UTC 2006

On Wed, Dec 28, 2005 at 11:23:10PM +0100, Gerard Robin wrote:
> Hello,
> I am using Debian but I would like to know if it is possible to install the 
> packages .udeb in my box, and if I install ubuntu in an other box, can I 
> install the packages .deb in that box ?

I suspect you're misinterpreting the meaning of 'udeb'.  It does not mean
"Ubuntu .deb", it means "micro .deb" (since we have no character 'mu' in
7-bit ASCII, the character 'u' is used as an imperfect substitute).  A
'udeb' is a .deb package which has been constructed to be as small as
possible -- built against a small-footprint libc, no documentation,
unnecessary support files removed, etc.  They're used primarily in the

As to whether a package from Ubuntu will install in Debian, and vice versa,
it needs to be assessed on a per-package basis, however since Debian and
Ubuntu have mostly the same packages anyway, it shouldn't be a huge issue.

> (please, Ccing me the reply that I am not subscriber on the list)


- Matt

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