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This article is about the computer terms. Download is also an industrial band led by CEvin Key. Download is also a British heavy metal festival. Uploading is also a hypothetical transfer of a human mind into a computer.

The terms upload and download often create confusion, as their definitions depend on the context.

Download and upload refer to the transfer of information between computers.

The person/computer sending the information refers to the transfer as an upload, while the person/computer receiving the information refers to it as a download.

These are the definitions used by ISPs. If the customer is sending information, it is an upload; if they are receiving information, it is a download.

Most people use the term download when they are receiving a file, and upload when they are sending a file over the Internet.

In either case, information is transferred both ways to manage the download. This is often the reason people get confused.

The act of transferring a file from one web server to another, while technically a simultaneous download and upload, is often called sideloading.

An exception is when talking about data transfers between space vehicles and ground stations; in this case, every transfer from the space vehicle is a download, while every transfer to it is an upload.

As a noun, a download or upload is the information transferred or the act of transferring it.

In surfing the World Wide Web the term downloading is not usually used for simply bringing up a web page, but rather for transferring a larger file and/or directly saving it. In a network, the term downloading is not usually used for copying files from one network device to another even if one computer is acting as a host (see copy.)

See also

To upload files to Wikipedia, or for instructions on this, see the Special:Upload page.

To download Wikipedia database, see http://download.wikimedia.org.

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Debian Developer's Reference - Managing Packages (11865 words)
Packages uploaded to stable need to be compiled on systems running stable, so that their dependencies are limited to the libraries (and other packages) available in stable; for example, a package uploaded to stable that depends on a library package that only exists in unstable will be rejected.
Whether an upload is treated as an NMU or as a maintainer upload by the archive scripts and the bugtracking system (see Source NMUs and the Bug Tracking System, Section 5.11.4) is not decided by looking at the version number (see NMU version numbering, Section 5.11.2).
A source NMU is an upload of a package by a developer who is not the official maintainer, for the purposes of fixing a bug in the package.
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