Re: creating a .deb with only tar and ar
Joseph Carter <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
On Thu, Jul 02, 1998 at 04:33:21PM -0400, Ben Pfaff wrote:
> You mean like in deb(8)? Or does=20
> The file is an ar archive with a magic number of !<arch>.
> Note that many modern versions of ar create archives with
> different magic numbers. Archives created in this way
> will not be recognised by dpkg-deb, though these ar pro-
> grams do understand the magic number used by dpkg-deb.
> not fully describe the situation?
It describes the situation, but not how to make the magic number be
something dpkg will recognize if you're not using dpkg-dev to build the
sucker. Unless of course someone wants to make dpkg-dev available in
nondebian.tar.gz for people not using Debian to be able to make .deb files
for it. That's really something that Debian is missing IMO.
The last time I checked, the dpkg source code was simply packaged in
.tar.gz since it's a Debian-specific package. I don't think there's
any reason why this would have changed.
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