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I'm taking a look at perl in the ubuntu packages and on the right panel under "Download Source Package" I noticed 3 files http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise/perl

  • [perl_5.14.2-6ubuntu2.3.dsc]
  • [perl_5.14.2.orig.tar.bz2]
  • [perl_5.14.2-6ubuntu2.3.debian.tar.gz]

What is the difference between the last two files?

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The orig.tar.gz is the original upstream source tarball. The debian.tar.gz contains the contents of the debian/ directory, which describes how to build the packages that are created from the source package (which is all three of those files, together).

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