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I just wanted to create a copy of (/var/cache/apt/)archives directory and clean it to save some space. Noticed % signs on certain packages (ex-ffmpeg_6%3a0.8.12-1_amd64.deb). Just wondered what that sign means on a package name. Updated packages?! Just curious to know.

Thank you for your time...

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%3a is the URL-encoded form of :. Some characters in the file names are not suitable for URLs, and hence are encoded. Whenever you see % in a package file name, you can safely assume it and the next two characters are the URL-encoded form of some character. Try converting at http://www.url-encode-decode.com/, for example.

  • Thank you for your prompt reply and enlightening me. Have a good day! – Din Jul 6 '14 at 14:20

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