Uploading .deb packages

Jonathan Marsden jmarsden at fastmail.fm
Sat Feb 9 03:53:16 UTC 2013

On 02/08/2013 05:01 PM, Ioannis Vranos wrote:

> I have discovered a very nice gui program, that lets you create deb
> packages. It is named Debreate, and it is *very good*.
> http://debreate.sourceforge.net
> So I created my first .deb package, but I can't upload it to a
> launchpad ppa I have, because it needs "the source files", etc.
> Is there a possibility to upload my deb package to my repository?

No, not using debreate.  The video by its author says debreate is "just
for building basic packages for your own use" (or words to that effect).
 Debreate seems to create packages from binaries (ugh) not from sources.
 Its author indicates that he is not an experienced packager himself.

PPAs are not intended for individual vanity use, they are for working
towards packages that could one day end up in Ubuntu.

I would *strongly* recommend that you do not use this debreate tool.

Instead, learn to create packages the more official way.  There are two
basic ways to do that, the traditional way and the "UDD" (Ubuntu
Distributed Development) way, which is newer and nice when it works, but
sometimes you need to use the traditional way.

See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PackagingGuideDeprecated/Complete for the
traditional approach, and
http://developer.ubuntu.com/resources/tools/packaging/ for the newer UDD
way of doing things.


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