Pragmatic Debian Packaging
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Pragmatic Debian Packaging

About the Book

This book teaches you how Debian Packages are structures, and different approaches to creating your own packages.

While the official Debian documentation focuses on creating packages that conform to all Debian policies, this work quickly gets you started on creating packages that work at all, and that work well in your environment.

About the Author

Moritz Lenz
Moritz Lenz

Moritz Lenz is a software engineer and architect.

In the Perl community, he is well known for his contributions to the Perl 6 programming language, the Rakudo Perl 6 compiler, related test suite, infrastructure and tools.

At his employer, noris network AG, he introduced Continuous Delivery for many in-house developed applications, and now wants to share his experience with the wider world.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    • 1.1 Target Audience and Prerequisites
    • 1.2 Typographic Conventions
    • 1.3 Contents
  • 2. Debian Packages in Context
    • 2.1 Package Managers, Repositories and the Pull Model
    • 2.2 Repository Mirrors and Package Signing
    • 2.3 Source Packages and Binary Packages
    • 2.4 Upstream
    • 2.5 dpkg, Apt and other Frontends
    • 2.6 Summary
  • 3. What’s in a Debian Package?
    • 3.1 The File Name
    • 3.2 Contents
    • 3.3 Summary
  • 4. Quick Package Construction with fpm
    • 4.1 Installing fpm
    • 4.2 Example Package Conversion
    • 4.3 Discussion
  • 5. The Debian Build System
    • 5.1 A Minimal Package
    • 5.2 Build Sequences and Steps
    • 5.3 Installing Programs
    • 5.4 Adding Special Files
    • 5.5 Summary
  • 6. Debian Packaging Quick Start
    • 6.1 Starting a Debian Project with dh_make
    • 6.2 Language Specific Package Creation Tools
    • 6.3 Summary
  • 7. Multi-Package Builds
    • 7.1 Multi-Package Example
    • 7.2 Using dh_install
    • 7.3 Using Separate Build Targets
    • 7.4 Summary
  • 8. Repository Management
    • 8.1 Repository Layout
    • 8.2 Repository Management Software
    • 8.3 Common Prerequisites
    • 8.4 Repository Management with aptly
    • 8.5 Summary
  • 9. Package and Repository Integrity
    • 9.1 Integrity From the End User’s Perspective
    • 9.2 Integrity From the Debian Project’s Perspective
    • 9.3 Summary
  • 10. That’s It!
  • Notes

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