In the following statement about "apt-get update" from linux.die.net is the term "package index file":

Used to re-synchronize the package index files from their sources. ...

What exactly does "package index file" mean? Google has not given me any answer about this.


The "package index files" contain information about the packages a package repository provides. APT stores them in /var/lib/apt/lists

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The package index file is a file that contains information about the packages present in a repository for use with apt. The format is described here:


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