Building Packages (was Re: Assets & Issues)

CLIFFORD ILKAY clifford_ilkay at
Sat Jan 10 21:19:16 UTC 2009

Chris Mohler wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 11, 2009 at 2:53 PM, CLIFFORD ILKAY
> <clifford_ilkay at> wrote:
>> Ray Parrish wrote:
>>> I'm a firm believer in using software available from the repositories
>>> via Synaptic Package Manager, as anything installed that way gets
>>> updated for you, and supposedly has been proven to work well with
>>> Ubuntu.
>> Using packages is a good policy but it isn't always possible. I've never
>> created a Debian package but I have created RPMs before and it isn't
>> very difficult. I wouldn't necessarily dismiss something just because
>> there is no package because building one is always an option.
> Drifting off-topic, but if you're compiling you can use the
> 'checkinstall' package to create .deb files.  Instead of 'make && make
> install', use 'make && checkinstall' which will prompt you for package
> summary, title, version, etc.  I've had trouble with one or two
> programs using this method, but most have them worked perfectly.
> Makes uninstalling a breeze...

I've seen checkinstall and alien but I'm sceptical that such tools are
really robust enough for production use with complex packages. If the
equivalent of the RPM SPEC file for Debian packages can be modified
after being created by checkinstall, it could be viable.

Clifford Ilkay
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