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I know the general format for package names in Debian and Ubuntu. Some packages have additions to the standard numbering scheme with obvious meaning like svn20090426 etc. But also quite a few packages have dsfg in their name (e.g. 2:1.0~rc4~try1.dsfg1-1ubuntu1) – what does that mean?

Is it just a typo of the Debian Free Software Guidelines (DFSG)?

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A package with 'dsfg' suffix is one that has been stripped from any files that doesn't follow the Debian Free Software Guidelines.

(From Debian mailing list: http://lists.debian.org/debian-mentors/2010/08/msg00169.html )

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So is dsfg indeed a typo and should be dfsg? –  Marcel Stimberg Nov 5 '10 at 17:24
I see three source packages with that typo indeed... –  JanC Nov 5 '10 at 23:22
Yes, I bet it's a typo :) –  OpenNingia Nov 6 '10 at 9:45
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