What's the difference between apt install php and apt install php-defaults?

In a first glimpse I would theorize that php should include everything default for a (latest) php program.

I ask this as a follow up to this question.

  • Note that the referenced Q&A nowhere says to run apt install php-defaults. – JdeBP Mar 6 at 12:52

The difference is that

apt install php-defaults

doesn’t work, because php-defaults is a source package, not a binary package.

A source package contains the source code and packaging descriptors used to build one or more binary packages. Source packages aren’t directly installable.

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