Re: Compile ProFtpD on etch
* sadsjon <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Tue, 22 Apr 2008 21:11:33 -0700):
> I have installed the proftpd package on etch.
> I need to use mod_ban so got hold of the sources and with some
> research managed to patch with the debian patch (at least I think I
> did - dpkg-source didn't report any problems and I ended up with a
> debian subdirectory).
> However, the configure script sets defined variables such as
> PR_RUN_DIR to something in /usr/local and it needs to be different to
> this to comply with what the standard installed package has in place.
> Can anyone tell me what I need to do to compile in the correct paths
Perhaps you are trying to run ./configure directly. This would use
upstream's default directories, e.g., /usr/local etc.
When building a Debian package, one normally uses debian/rules, which
will give configure the right arguments. For local builds, this usually
works for me:
$ fakeroot debian/rules build binary
You could also use one of the several wrappers for this, like
dpkg-buildpackage, debuild etc. Also make sure you have build-essential
installed, and did: apt-get build-dep proftpd
It is usually a good idea to change the package's version for a local
build; this is done by prepending another entry in debian/changelog.
dch from devscripts can help with this, e.g.: dch -i
Then change the version number at the top to, e.g.: 1.3.0-19+sadsjon1
With a distinct version, you can easily verify in "dpkg -l proftpd'*'"
etc. that your own package is installed. Also you should prevent
automatic package upgrades (which would lose your local changes) by
setting the package on hold, e.g.: aptitude hold proftpd
Note that you'll have to watch for and include security fixes and the
like yourself after this.
Hope this helps & isn't inappropriate for the list.
P.S.: Is there some short write-up like the above somewhere so that one
can just refer to there?
Fabian "zzz" Pietsch - http://zzz.arara.de/