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What to do with a Debian/Ubuntu source package

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A Debian source package (something like this) often has files like xxxxx.orig.tar.gz, xxxxx-1.diff.gz and xxxxx-1.dsc. It wasn’t clear what to do with them, so I gathered courage and asked in #debian, and despite all the stories I’d heard about the channel, a couple of people were actually nice enough to answer: do dpkg-source -x xxxxx-1.dsc, which will extract the .tar.gz (don’t do it yourself) and apply the patch correctly. Then you have the source directory, where you can go and configure, make ….

Written by S

Mon, 2007-01-22 at 18:39:44

Posted in compknow

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