Packages supplied by distributions and applications must follow the following rules for the name field within the package. These rules are not required for the filename of the package file itself.
The following rules apply to the name field alone, not including any release or version.
If the name begins with "lsb-" and contains no other hyphens, the name shall be assigned by the Linux Assigned Names and Numbers Authority (LANANA), which shall maintain a registry of LSB names. The name may be registered by either a distribution or an application.
If the package name begins with "lsb-" and contains more than one hyphen (for example "lsb-distro.example.com-database" or "lsb-gnome-gnumeric"), then the portion of the package name between first and second hyphens shall either be an LSB provider name assigned by the LANANA, or it may be one of the owners' fully-qualified domain names in lower case (e.g., "debian.org", "staroffice.sun.com"). The LSB provider name assigned by LANANA shall only consist of the ASCII characters [a-z0-9]. The provider name or domain name may be either that of a distribution or an application.
Package names containing no hyphens are reserved for use by distributions. Applications must not use such names.
Package names which do not start with "lsb-" and which contain a hyphen are open to both distributions and applications. Distributions may name packages in any part of this namespace. They are encouraged to use names from one of the other namespaces available to them, but this is not required due to the large amount of current practice to the contrary. Applications may name their packages this way, but only if the portion of the name before the first hyphen is a provider name or registered domain name as described above.Note that package names in this namespace are available to both the distribution and an application. Distributions and applications will need to consider this potential for conflicts when deciding to use these names rather than the alternatives (such as names starting with "lsb-").
For example, there are discrepancies among distributions concerning whether the name might be frobnicator-1.7-21-ppc32.rpm or frobnicator-1.7-21-powerpc32.rpm. The architecture aside, recommended practice is for the filename of the package file to match the name within the package.
For example, if the name with the release and version is frobnicator-1.7-21, the name part is frobnicator and falls under the rules for a name with no hyphens.
For example, "frobnicator".
For example, ssh-common, ssh-client, kernel-pcmcia, and the like. Possible alternative names include sshcommon, foolinux-ssh-common (where foolinux is registered to the distribution), or lsb-foolinux-ssh-common.
For example, if an application vendor has domain name visicalc.example.com and has registered visicalc as a provider name, they might name packages visicalc-base, visicalc.example.com-charting, and the like.