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After installing Ubuntu 11.04 I was disappointed by the fact there are still Scala 2.7 (when 2.8 is long ago current actual branch) and Mono 2.6 (when pretty a time has passed after 2.8 release). I am not sure I could build all the packages for Mono myself, but I'd like to try making my own custom version of Scala package (and I want my system to accept it not as a different package but a version of the original, so that if I put it into a configured repository, the system will automatically upgrade to it from currently installed original 2.7).

Can you recommend a good tutorial on this subject (Ubuntu deb packages building and hacking for beginners)?

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The "Updating an Ubuntu Package" section of the Packaging Guide is a good place to start.

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Broken link. Did you mean this guide? –  Eyal Apr 10 '13 at 20:44
    
Fixed thanks! Remember you can submit fixes to any broken link on the site by clicking "Improve this post"! –  Jorge Castro Apr 10 '13 at 21:03
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