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Re: Installing packages from source with apt

Vincent Lefevre <vincent@vinc17.org> writes:

> What is the best way to compile and install packages from source with
> apt?
> I don't want to use "dpkg -i" once the packages are built (as suggested
> in the how-to) since dpkg doesn't check dependencies and may break the
> system (it did in the past...).

dpkg does *check* dependencies, it just doesn't go out of its way to
*correct* them.  That is, dpkg shouldn't let you install a package if
its dependencies aren't already installed.  If you never use a --force
option and your packages work, it should be pretty hard to break your
system using 'dpkg --install'.

One useful alternative might be to install the package using APT (so
you pick up the dependencies), then recompile it from source and
install it using 'dpkg --install'.

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