Package policies

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The Alpine Linux Package Policies describe some of the policies when creating packages.

Package Names

  • All package names should be lowercase.
  • Development files are placed in subpackages with -dev suffix (i.e uclibc-dev)
  • Documentation files (incl. man pages) are placed in subpackages with -doc suffix (i.e expat-doc)
  • Lua modules (not applications) are prefixed with lua-. (i.e lua-posix)
  • Perl modules (not applications) are prefixed with perl-. (i.e perl-xml-parser)
  • Python modules (not applications) are prefixed with py-. (i.e py-libxml2)
  • Kernels and 3rdparty modules should be suffixed with the kernel flavor. (i.e -grsec or -vserver).
  1. Don't use - sign in kernel flavor name.
  2. Specify KERNEL_FLAVOR_DEFAULT as your kernel flavor, if you want boot your kernel by default.

Package versions

  • Package versions are similar to gentoo.

Licensing

  • The license of the program should be based on the licenses approved by the Free Software Foundation or OSI.
  • If you are unsure about the license, please ask in our IRC channel.