Some packages are named foo_stub. Are these packages different from other ones in any way?
asked: 2012-02-18 by: automaciej
They aren't different in any technical way. The
*_stub naming is just a convention to indicate that it's a transitional, empty package.
*_stub packages are side effects of things like package renaming and package splitting. For example,
CSWzlib has been split to
libz1, the package contains the
libz.so.1 shared library) and
libz_dev). However, some packages still declare a dependency on
CSWzlib, so the stub package
CSWzlib still exists, but its catalog name is now zlib_stub.