What's the three kinds of files when using apt-get source xxx

Karl F. Larsen klarsen1 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 13:24:45 UTC 2010

Thomas Dean wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I have a question about "apt-get source xxx".When I use apt-get source
> xxx, it downloads three kinds of files like these:
> xxx.diff.gz
> xxx.tar.gz
> xxx.dsc
> What are they used for? May I delete the diff file and the dsc file?
> I have another question about updating.
> If I install a software by downloading the sources with "apt-get
> source xxx" and calling "make install", will it be upgraded
> automatically by "apt-get upgrade"?
> Thanks.
	When you use apt-get install xxxx you are using the best 
system I know about to gett xxxx AND all the support files 
necessary to run xxxx.

	In the old days you would d/l xxxx and try to run it and it 
would say missing libcxxxx or like that. Up to you to find 
that lib!

73 Karl


	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
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