On Mon, 2008-07-07 at 00:11 -0500, William Pitcock wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-07-07 at 11:50 +0800, Tim Post wrote:
> > You will still easily be able to produce .deb / .rpm packages of your
> > own if you use the 'checkinstall' utility or something similar.
> Please do not use checkinstall; it generates debs which do not pass
> policy checks.
A lot of things can go wrong with checkinstall, such as a statically
linked 'ln' or others, since checkinstall relies on installwatch. I
should amend, do not use checkinstall for things that you plan to widely
distribute :) If you need to make a .deb / .rpm to clone your
installation on your own stuff its (usually) fine.
Also do not use it to replace Debian (proper) package names. For
instance, if you hope to make a replacement for 'coreutils', name the
package something else and take the original out of apt's reach.
I would not go as far as to say 'just don't use it', as it is a very
useful tool. If you want to set up your own trivial repository for your
company or friends to use, its fine.
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