Despite an answer being already accepted, I think inlining the accepted answer deserves some attention:
There is a Debian package called
equivs that is able to create dummy packages. Install it by running
sudo apt-get install -y equivs
Once installed, you generate a template "control" file using the following command:
equivs-control postfix (replace
postfix) with your package name.
In my case, I typically use an alternate package name, e.g.
postfix-custom or whatever.
Once the template control file is generated, I will typically remove a lot of the commented out statements (statements that begin with
#). One that I like to keep specifically is the
Provides: statement where I can say that my package provides the capability offered by the other package that I'm trying to fake, e.g.
Provides: postfix tells the Debian/Ubuntu dependency resolution mechanism that my package of whatever name provides the same capabilities of the target package, again
postfix or whatever. This allows me to name my package independently of the target package to avoid confusion. Erlang Factory does this with their stuff, e.g.
Finally, once the template control file is created, you use
equivs-build to generate the fake package, e.g.
equivs-build /path/to/generated/control/file. It takes a few seconds to build the package and then you can run
sudo dpkg -i my_package_name*.deb
For advanced users, if your template control file has a
Requires: dependency line, you'll want to use a tool like
gdebi to install your package and the packages it requires.