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
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The 2nd section starting with a linebreak and then the word
cover what is defined for the binary package.
Modify the debian/changelog file
dpkg-buildpackage I use the-uc
and-us` to ignore building with a gpg key
Modify the debian/docs file
Lists the files that go into the documentation folder listed in the deb
I ignore signing any files when doing this.
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
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