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Bug#617299: dpkg-deb: should give a hint when it fails due to filling /tmp

Martin-Éric Racine <martin-eric.racine@iki.fi> (13/07/2012):
> This seems to be caused by either 'tar' or 'gzip' using /tmp to build
> the package. Since recent Debian systems default to using tmpfs for
> /tmp, systems with insufficient memory or with another process using
> all available memory resources will make the build fail. Would there
> perhaps be a way to make this process use /var/tmp or some other
> normal storage space to avoid these nonsensical failures?

Manpage reading time:

       TMPDIR If set, dpkg will use it as the directory  in  which  to  create
              temporary files and directories.


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