Building Debian Completely From Source
For various reasons , I am interested in building Debian from source
-- and continuing to do so for upgrades and newly-installed packages.
What I'm after is basically something where I can say:
apt-foo install kde
The system will then:
1. Look at kde and build/install any of its build-deps
2. Build kde
3. Build/install any Depends or Pre-Depends of kde
4. Install kde
(These four steps would be repeated for all dependencies that had to be
In other words, at no time would a .deb be downloaded. All .debs would
be built locally and installed locally.
I'd also like to be able to say:
Which would essentially run the above steps and upgrade my system.
Again, no .deb would ever be downloaded; they'd be built and installed
We seem to already have the metadata necessary to do this, but as far as
I can tell, our existing tools don't support it. For instance:
* apt-build has an option to build a package and all packages it
depends upon, but always downloads binary .debs of -dev packages.
(Or maybe I got this backwards; I'm not sitting at my apt-build
machine right now.)
* pbuilder and sbuild don't bother with actual installation,
so they don't resolve dependencies at all. Also, they only download
.debs of build-deps.
The nearest I have seen is fink, but I know little about it.
Am I missing something? Is anyone working on this?
 I want to experiment with different optimizations on the Alpha...
plus this would significantly reduce the number of CD's I'd have to
carry around to have a whole Debian release with me. One binary CD for
each arch, plus a source CD set that would work for them all.