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Re: Installing software from source...need a .dsc file.

On Wed, Jul 13, 2005 at 12:27:28PM -0700, Redefined Horizons wrote:
> I've got a couple of programs I'd like to install on my Debian Sarge
> system that are only available in source code. There is no .dsc file
> for download. I'd like to install the software via APT/Synaptic. Is
> there a way I can generate a .dsc file for the source code? What
> exaclty is a .dsc file, and why is it needed?

The .dsc file is the Debian Source Control file.  It specifies which
components are part of the Debian source package.

To create a new Debian package you can read the New Maintainer guide and
create a proper Debian package, or you can install the checkinstall
package and use it to "create" a Debian package, in the it will register
a package with dpkg that lists all the files installed in the 'make
install' process of the software.

Let me know if you need anymore help with this.


Roberto C. Sanchez

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