Hi Ben, if you create yourself the orig.tar.gz, the building tools from debian don't try to create it themselves. i.e. something like: tar cvzf foo_X.Y.orig.tar.gz --exclude=foo-X.Y/debian foo-X.Y before actually building the package should solve your problem. Hope this helps, Eric -- You don't need to CC me on debian-java, debian-mentors and pkg-java-maintainers. Please CC me on other Debian lists.