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The base software for Debian/Ubuntu/Mint package management. Use this tag for questions about dpkg and its companion utilities and the .deb file format.

Dpkg is the Debian core package management tool. It manipulates installed packages and performs installation of packages in .deb format. Dpkg originates from the Debian Linux distribution and is used by others such as and .

Dpkg manipulates individual package files. It is rarely used for day-to-day package management; for that, programs based on the APT suite are preferable as they understand package dependencies and can automatically download packages.

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