New dpkg source package format (page 437)More...
Reported on: 2005-06-25
In chapter 9. Creating Debian packages on page 437:
Chapter 9.2.1 discusses the structure of Debian source packages. Following the release of Debian sarge, a new package format will replace the current one. The new format, dubbed "Wig and Pen" (version 2.0) is fully compatible with the current format (1.0), but adds the ability for multiple tarballs to encapsulate different aspects of the package (feature branches). In particular, it is now possible to distribute the Debian-specific files in a separate tarball rather than encapsulating them in a patch.
More information about the new source package format may be found on the dpkg.org website.