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Old 08-23-2003, 08:21 PM   #1
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File Naming Conventions

Whenever you want to download an RPM or tarball there are always different filenames and choosing the right one can be difficult. Can anyone explain to me Linux's naming conventions for filenames? For instance, I want to download K3b and there is:

* K3b 0.9 tar.gz source
* K3b i18n 0.9 tar.gz source

I have seen the "i18n" combination in filenames before. What the heck does that mean?

Old 08-23-2003, 08:37 PM   #2
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i18n is for internationalization (Big word for something simple, same program in diffrent languages) The other is probably only in english, and smaller, where as the i18n has capabilities to show its windows it lots of diffrent languages, go with whats best for you.

The Program

Covered Above

Version Number

Tarball, compressed with gzip.

There is no convention on filenames, use whats best and informative enough for people.
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i18n is used to abbreviate "internationalization" ie: support for other languages ;)

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sorry , wasn't paying attention
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Oh, thanks. I wonder if there is a resource somehwhere that explains that kinda stuff. Sometimes there is a bunch of different files like kernel upgrades, there's enterprise, boot, 987349&^%*&48.blah.blah.rpm that doesn't make any sense at all, and so on. Lots of files have all kinds of different filenames for the same program and I have had to download a few of them to find the one that would install and run. There must be a method to the madness somewhere.



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