‘meta’ is a non-mandatory package file that can be used to provide information otherwise non-relevant to the functions of the package manager. This file can later be queried with the pkg_query_meta() function. The file has a simple markup format, it must adhere to the ‘KEY: VAL’ format. An example for the ‘cpt’ package would be as follows:
description: Carbs Packaging Tools license: MIT maintainer: Linux User <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Even though ‘meta’ is not mandatory by the packaging system, it is a mandatory file for submitting packages to Carbs Linux repositories.