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Looking back at 16 years of dpkg history with some figures

With Debian’s 19th anniversary approaching, I thought it would be nice to look back at dpkg’s history. After all, it’s one of the key components of any Debian system.

Important information regarding upcoming dpkg 1.16.2 upload

Hi, I’ll be uploading dpkg 1.16.2 targeting unstable, by the end of this weekend or beginning of next week the latest (after some final polishing). Some pretty important points follow, the first section in particular.

Debian: not stale, just hardened

Raphaël Hertzog recently announced a new dpkg-buildflags interface in dpkg that at long last gives the distribution, the package maintainers, and users the control they want over the build flags used when building packages.

Bits from dpkg developers – dpkg 1.16.1

we just released dpkg 1.16.1 to unstable. It comes with several disruptive changes that you need to be aware of. Please read carefully.

Avoid a newbie packager mistake: don’t build your Debian packages with dpkg -b

In the last years, I have seen many people try to use dpkg –build to create Debian packages. Indeed, if you look up dpkg’s and dpkg-deb‘s manual pages, this option seems to be what you have to use…

Copying Debian package selections to a new machine

What if one has an Intel Pentium-based processor and the other has an AMD64? In that case what you need is some way to replicate the package selection but use the appropriate ones for the new architecture. Enter dpkg.

Collection of 18 Popular APT & DPKG Tips for Debian and Ubuntu

This is a guide containing the most popular and useful ways of using the APT and DPKG commands, and it applies to both Ubuntu and Debian (and their derivatives). I mentioned where super user privileges are required, the ones without a mention can be executed as normal user.

How to customize dpkg-source’s behaviour in your Debian source package

dpkg-source is the program that generates the Debian source package when a new package version is built. It offers many interesting command-line options but they are often not used because people don’t know how to ensure that they are used every time the package is built. Let’s fill that gap!

Debian: How to Install or Remove DEB Packages Using dpkg

Question: I would like to know how to install, uninstall, verify deb packages on Debian. Can you explain me with an example? Answer: Use dpkg to install and remove a deb package as explained below.

Using DPKG To Install OpenVZ On Debian

To use the DPKG package manager to install OpenVZ, all you need to do is download the OpenVZ components, and let DPKG do the rest.

Using DPKG To Install OpenVZ On Debian

To use the DPKG package manager to install OpenVZ, all you need to do is download the OpenVZ components, and let DPKG do the rest.

Recent changes in dpkg

Hello, The versions 1.15.6 and 1.15.7 of dpkg introduced several important changes. Let’s skim over them:

Configuring the Software Environment – Debian (Ubuntu) Systems

Debian systems use the dpkg system to manage the software installed on the host. Wrapped around dpkg is another suite of tools called the Advanced Packing Tool (APT) that you can use to download packages from a central repository.


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