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Re: Packaging proprietary software

2012/1/18 Ivan Reche <ivan.reche@gmail.com>
Thanks for the tips. It seems like a nice solution.

Where do I find good documentation for the creation of binary packages? I couldn't find much material about it, except for an old tutorial (http://tldp.org/HOWTO/html_single/Debian-Binary-Package-Building-HOWTO/).

Can someone recommend me a Debian's binary package for use as an example to create mine?



2012/1/16 Ansgar Burchardt <ansgar@debian.org>

On 01/16/2012 03:27 PM, Ivan Reche wrote:
The package is just a directory with lots of binaries and it likes to
install itself in /opt. Besides that, it needs to set some environment
variables (similar to JAVA_HOME and friends).

What is the best way to approach this? Do I change the PATH environment
variable to point to, lets say, /opt/bin? Are there problems with
"creating" new environment variables in a package installation?

For site packages, I would install the program to /opt/whatever as it wants and install a wrapper script in /usr/bin that sets the required environment variables and starts the program.  This way users have the program in their $PATH by default and the environment stays clean.


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