The person responsible for coordinating changes to a package of software and arranging the distribution of updates. The term usually applies only to free software where the maintainer (often the author) is doing it as a free public service.

Last updated: 2001-01-27

maintainer script


One of the scripts (preinst, prerm, postinst, postrm) that may be included in a Debian binary package. These scripts may create and/or remove symlinks, files or directories that, for some reason, could not be done directly by dpkg. Maintainer scripts frequently create or update the symlinks in the /etc/rc?.d directories and start, stop, or restart daemons.

Last updated: 2000-05-31

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