I want to build a really cool app called sflowtool into source debian package that I can then compile for use on a Cumulus Switch or Ubuntu server, or Rasperry PI.

There is too much information about how to perform debian packaging, including the packaging guide, which is long and complicated. I figured, I better blog about something that works for me, so next year, I can just reference my own site!

Option 1: Use checkinstall

checkinstall is cool. Easiest tool I found to quickly build a deb.

Option 2: dh_make and dpkg-buildpackage

Using dh_make and dpkg-buildpackage provides some more flexibility, in areas where I want to provide a simple patch or change the compile options in debian/rules file.

These are the basic steps to go through using dh_make and dpkg-buildpackage.

Install necessary apps

$ sudo apt-get install dpkg-dev dh-make

untar source archive and run dh_make

$ tar xvfz /vagrant/sflowtool-3.34.tar.gz
$ cd sflowtool-3.34
$ dh_make --native
Type of package: single binary, indep binary, multiple binary, library, kernel
module, kernel patch?
 [s/i/m/l/k/n] s

Maintainer name  : unknown
Email-Address    : vagrant@linuxsimba.local
Date             : Thu, 18 Feb 2015 01:31:16 +0000
Package Name     : sflowtool
Version          : 3.34
License          : gpl3
Type of Package  : Single
Hit <enter> to confirm:
Done. Please edit the files in the debian/ subdirectory now. sflowtool
uses a configure script, so you probably don't have to edit the Makefiles.

modify the debian/control file

List at least 2 sections in this file. One section starting with Source will define the control parameters for the source deb.

The 2nd section starting with a linebreak and then the word Package: will cover what is defined for the binary package.

400: Invalid request

Modify the debian/changelog file

When running dpkg-buildpackage I use the-ucand-us` to ignore building with a gpg key

400: Invalid request

Modify the debian/docs file

Lists the files that go into the documentation folder listed in the deb

400: Invalid request

Run dpkg-buildpackage

I ignore signing any files when doing this. by running dpkg-buildpackage -us -uc Because the output is so long, the complete output of a dpkg-buildpackage run can be found on a gist I created

Option 3: git-buildpackage

Its on my TODO list to understand the real power behind this dpkg-buildpackage wrapper.

What I am using for now

I think for now, I'll be playing with git-buildpackage. My working example will continue to be the sflowtool package.

To build the sflowtool on a particular platform, git clone the sflowtool repo I maintain and run git-buildpackage


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