Ubuntu sourcecode

Christopher James Halse Rogers chalserogers at gmail.com
Tue May 5 05:11:11 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-05-05 at 00:56 -0400, Lakshmanan MR wrote:
> hi,
> I am so interested in Ubuntu and i want to go and see whats under the
> hood. So i just want to tweek the ubuntu source code.. 

This is a common misunderstanding as to the role of Ubuntu - there isn't
really much "Ubuntu source code", there's just the code of the various
"upstream" projects (GNOME - which is itself composed of many disparate
projects, the linux kernel, bzr, etc) that are shipped together to form
an Ubuntu install.

That said...
> Can you please help
> I want to.....
> 1. obtain the ubuntu source code (not the binaries) ..
for each package $PACKAGENAME:

apt-get source $PACKAGENAME

> 2. build it myself .. 
debuild -us -uc

> 3. make an iso image out of it .. 
I don't know this part of our infrastructure.  Someone else may pipe up.

> 4. put it on a cd 
With your choice of CD writing software.

> 5. boot my system with that cd and install it .
As you would any other Ubuntu CD.

That said, you probably don't actually want to do this.  If you want to
modify a particular piece of software, all you need to do is to get the
source package (apt-get source $PACKAGENAME), make your change, build it
(with debuild or dpkg-buildpackage), then install the package.
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