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Re: can I create a .deb file from an already installed package?

On Mon, Sep 02, 2002 at 06:53:50PM -0400, valerian wrote:
> I wanted to install libbusiness-onlinepayment-authorizenet-perl, but
> when I run apt-get, it says:
> Package libbusiness-onlinepayment-authorizenet-perl has no available
> version, but exists in the database.
> This typically means that the package was mentioned in a dependency and
> never uploaded, has been obsoleted or is not available with the contents
> of sources.list
> A little while ago, I had already installed that package on another machine
> (also running Debian 3.0), but alas the .deb is no longer in
> /var/cache/apt/archives, so I can't just copy it to the new machine. :(
> Is there a way to reconstruct a .deb file from an already installed
> package?

I haven't tried it myself but look at dpkg-repack.

> On another note, is there an easy way to create .deb files of Perl
> modules?  I don't like using CPAN very much because it tends to install
> files all over the place instead of just /usr/local/lib/site_perl...


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