Re: Adding files to a package...
On Monday 01 December 2003 17:55, Greg Kiyomi wrote:
> I'm attempting to create a package from upstream source and I'm
> wondering how to add a file to the package that is not included in the
> source (e.g. a config file in /etc or a missing man page).
There are a number of ways to do what you want, and I think the best way
depends on the type of file you are adding. I'm no expert, so take my advice
with a grain of salt, but for manpages, I do the following (replace foo with
your binary package name):
1. put the manpage(s) in the debian dir (debian/foo.1 for example)
2. make sure you are using debhelper with compatability level 4 (the file
debian/compat should contain "4" on a single line; you can do "echo 4 >
debian/compat" if it does not exist)
3. add the names of your manpage files to debian/foo.manpages (one per line;
it should look something like this:
4. make sure your debian/rules file calls dh_installman, which will read
debian/foo.manpages and gzip and install the manpage(s) in the correct
There are other debhelper commands to install other types of files; read the
debhelper(7) manpage for a complete list.
You can also just use 'cp' or 'install' to copy files into the temporary
package tree by adding commands to your debian/rules file in the appropriate
target.  I don't actually know what this target is for a normal, non-CDBS
rules file (for CDBS it is "install/package::"). Hopefully someone else can
comment on this.
I hope I haven't made you more confused with my attempt at an answer. =)
 For an example, see my (unofficial) konversation package (but note that I
may not be doing this the best possible way).
See the "install/konversation" target in:
Nathaniel W. Turner
Tel: +1 508 579 1948 (mobile)