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

Johnneylee Rollins johnneylee.rollins at gmail.com
Fri Jan 29 14:29:12 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 5:24 AM, Karl F. Larsen <klarsen1 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
Totally OP karl. He's asking what the purpose of the other files he
gets when he apt-get's the source instead of the .deb package.


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