base-files - Debian base system miscellaneous files

Property Value
Distribution Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus)
Repository Ubuntu Main amd64
Package filename base-files_9.4ubuntu4_amd64.deb
Package name base-files
Package version 9.4ubuntu4
Package release -
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Category admin
Homepage -
License -
Maintainer Ubuntu Developers <>
Download size 67.05 KB
Installed size 312.00 KB
This package contains the basic filesystem hierarchy of a Debian system, and
several important miscellaneous files, such as /etc/debian_version,
/etc/host.conf, /etc/issue, /etc/motd, /etc/profile, and others,
and the text of several common licenses in use on Debian systems.


Package Version Architecture Repository
base-files_9.4ubuntu4.10_amd64.deb 9.4ubuntu4.10 amd64 Ubuntu Proposed Main
base-files_9.4ubuntu4.10_i386.deb 9.4ubuntu4.10 i386 Ubuntu Proposed Main
base-files_9.4ubuntu4.8_amd64.deb 9.4ubuntu4.8 amd64 Ubuntu Updates Main
base-files_9.4ubuntu4.8_i386.deb 9.4ubuntu4.8 i386 Ubuntu Updates Main
base-files_9.4ubuntu4_i386.deb 9.4ubuntu4 i386 Ubuntu Main
base-files - - -


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awk -


Name Value
base -


Name Value
base -
dpkg <= 1.15.0
miscutils -


Type URL
Binary Package base-files_9.4ubuntu4_amd64.deb
Source Package base-files

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install base-files deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install base-files




2016-04-12 - Adam Conrad <>
base-files (9.4ubuntu4) xenial; urgency=medium
* /etc/issue{,.net}, /etc/{lsb,os}-release: Prepare for 16.04 release.
2015-11-27 - Michael Vogt <>
base-files (9.4ubuntu3) xenial; urgency=medium
* etc/os-release:
- add UBUNTU_CODENAME=xenial (LP: #1520154)
(having distro specific fields is ok according to the spec)
2015-10-23 - Matthias Klose <>
base-files (9.4ubuntu2) xenial; urgency=medium
* Re-add a newline to /etc/issue.
2015-10-22 - Matthias Klose <>
base-files (9.4ubuntu1) xenial; urgency=medium
* Merge with Debian; remaining changes:
- Branding changes.
- Add /etc/lsb-release file.
- Add lsb-release-udeb package.
- Various bashrc extensions.
- Do not install /usr/local dirs with staff group writeability, as there
are cases where somebody can become any user but root (like NFS).
- Update the motd upgrade handling to know about /etc/motd.tail.
- Add default /etc/networks file.
- Added information about the docs web page.
- Restore order line in /etc/host.conf with a comment.
- Add update-motd scripts.
2015-08-18 - Santiago Vila <>
base-files (9.4) unstable; urgency=medium
* Fix two install_from_default() calls in postinst that were still
using the old calling convention, making debootstrap to fail.
Thanks to Steven Shiau for the report. Closes: #795952
2015-08-17 - Santiago Vila <>
base-files (9.3) unstable; urgency=medium
* Change /usr/share/base-files/dot.profile (the default /root/.profile)
to not fail with new mesg behaviour in stretch. Closes: #794727.
* Add extra code in postinst so that people who never modified
their /root/.profile from jessie get the fixed version. This is
done by the update_to_current_default() function, which is now
more general and allows updating files not in /etc.
* While we are at it, modify install_from_default() function so that
it's called in the same simplified way as update_to_current_default().
2015-05-17 - Santiago Vila <>
base-files (9.2) unstable; urgency=medium
* Create md5sums in a reproducible way.
* Use "dpkg-parsechangelog -S Date" to get the date.
* Allow building with umasks other than 022, as far as
they make a minimum of sense. Closes: #774498.
2015-05-15 - Santiago Vila <>
base-files (9.1) unstable; urgency=low
* Use gzip -n to stop recording current time in gzip headers.
* Fix mtimes before building the binary package.
* The package should now build reproducibly. Closes: #774498.
Thanks to Jérémy Bobbio <>.
2015-04-30 - Santiago Vila <>
base-files (9) unstable; urgency=medium
* Changed issue,, debian_version and os-release to read
"stretch/sid", and dropped VERSION and VERSION_ID from os-release.
* Changed HOME_URL and SUPPORT_URL is os-release from http to https,
as those are the preferred URLs now.
2014-11-30 - Santiago Vila <>
base-files (8) unstable; urgency=low
* Release for jessie as stable:
- Use "8" as version in /etc/issue and /etc/ As usual, this
is never expected to change once that jessie is released as Debian 8.
- Use 8.0 as version in /etc/debian_version. As usual, this is expected
to change at every point release.
- Changed PRETTY_NAME in /usr/lib/os-release, adding 8 as version number
and "(jessie)" as codename. Added also VERSION_ID and VERSION.
This file, /usr/lib/os-release, is not expected to change either.
- Updated README (jessie -> stretch).
* Packages are not expected to rely on the contents of any of these
files, but if they do, they might better break now while we can still
fix them.

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