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Creating Dummy Packages On Debian

Apt is a great tool as long as you aren’t building packages from source (and not making debs out of them). I have packaged a whole bunch of debs, but sometimes it just isn’t necessary.

Debian Linux apt-get package management cheat sheet

Both Debian and Ubuntu Linux provides a number of package management tools. This article summaries package management command along with it usage and examples for you.

A Debian Package Primer: Part One

If you use a Debian-based Linux distribution and you aren’t familiar with the apt-get packaging system, you’re apt to fall in love with it.

How to create a Debian/Ubuntu package (.deb) manually

This blog post gives some hints how to create a .deb package file (to be used with Debian, Ubuntu and similar Linux distributions). The intended audience is programmers and system administrators, both with a strong Debian or Ubuntu Linux background and strong scripting skills.

How To Create A .DEB Package

This article wants to be an introduction to creating .deb packages, meaning I will not get into more advanced procedures like creating a menu entry, custom configuration, explaining the rules file and so on because this how-to would have ~20 pages or so.

Rebuilding Debian Packages from Source

This quickie howto will explain the steps necessary to recompile a Debian software package on the local machine from source code.

Setting up Debian with up to date packages

After going down the compiling route, as in my previous post due to the same out dated problems I actually found a useful and up-to-date repository. Along with this, my bias towards Debian drastically strengthed. Which after many years of working on a a variety of other distro’s never quiet happened.

gccgo Debian Package

As building gccgo was a success, I am going to try making a debian package for gccgo…

Backporting new code to Debian packages

If you are willing to do a little bit of work you can shoehorn the latest code into a package yourself without needing any special knowledge of how to create packages. Note this will only work with programs that already have been packaged since it re-uses the old packaging info with the new code.

Building Debian (and Ubuntu) Meta Packages

Over the last few weeks I have been building a bunch of Debian packages (aka debs) for a new Ubuntu server roll out. Most of the packages are either updates to existing packages or meta packages. Building meta packages is pretty easy, once you know how.

WTF Debian? Let’s get some sensible dependencies

On Saturday a kernel update meandered its merry way from the repos and then didn’t install cause dpkg crapped out with a “disk full” error. The “disk” in question being sda1 aka my boot partition.

Debian Package Management

This is a concise tutorial on Debian package management. This tutorial is also applicable for Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other derivatives of Debian.

HOWTO: Create your own local Debian repository

In this blog post we will learn how to create your own local Debian like package repository so that you can use apt-get install commands to install packages just like the way you install from Debian repositories.

HowTo recompile Debian packages

This article will show how you can rebuild any debian package. You might need to rebuild a package for various reasons: add/remove some compilation options, make some changes to the sources, or compile a newer version from testing/sid into stable, etc.

Removing Unnecessary Packages on Debian Systems

The command deborphan can be used to check for unnecessary (orphaned) packages. By default deborphan searches for orphaned libraries, but you can have it search for other types of packages also: data packages, dev packages, etc. by specifying one of its many –guess-* command line options.

Hacking .deb files

Rather than having to go through a failed installation, editing the postinst script then re-installing, here is an alternative method where the package is downloaded, unpacked, the script edited then the package rebuilt and installed in the normal way using apt-get.

Installing packages in Debian/Ubuntu automaticly

I use CFengine for automation of different taks like copying config files from one place to nodes, reloading services after this, etc. And recently i configured it to check and install packages for different boxes depending on their role.

Debian Haskell packaging team getting underway

Enter the Debian Haskell Packaging Team! This had been proposed previously, but never carried forward for various reasons – including, importantly, nobody just rolling up their sleeves and getting it done.

Pluthon – how to easily create debian packages

PluThon also helps you to create Debian package from your project with distutils for maemo utilities. With helpfull graphical wizards, you can create Debian packages from your projects at a glance

Automatic notification of Debian package updates via cron

Very simple, and hinted at in the Debian APT HOWTO. I think I used to use a different package for this, but I think I like the simplicity of this method better.

Packaging CPAN Modules for Debian

I’m giving a talk on CPAN at this year’s YAPC in Pittsburgh. One of the things I plan to mention is the cpan2dist program from CPANPLUS. I use cpan2dist (with CPANPLUS::Dist::Deb) to build Debian packages for our internal use.

How to install .deb& .tar&.rpm files on ubuntu system

These files are Debian packages. The package files associated with Ubuntu have the .deb suffix because of Ubuntu’s close relations with the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. You will need administrative privileges to install a .deb file. See Administrative Tasks for more details.

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