I'm trying to package MATLAB for internal distribution, but this could apply to any piece of software with the same architecture. In fact, I'm packaging multiple releases of MATLAB to be installed concurrently. Key things
- Very large installation size (~4 GB)
- Composed of a core, and several plugins (toolboxes)
Initially, I created a single "source" package (matlab2011b) that builds several .debs (mainly matlab2011b-core and matlab2011b-toolbox-* for each toolbox). The
debian/rules file is just the standard
all: dh $@
There is no Makefile; only copying files. I use a number of
debian/*.install files to specify files to copy from a copy of an installation to /usr/lib/.
The problem is, every time I build the thing (say, to make a correction to the core package), it recopies every file listed in the
*.install file to e.g
debian/$packagename/usr/ (the build phase), and then has to bundle that into a .deb file. It takes a long time, on the order of hours, and is doing a lot of extra work.
So my questions are:
- Can you make
dh_installdo a hardlink copy (like
cp -l) to save time? (AFAICT from the man page, no.) Maybe I should just get it to do this in the Makefile? (That's gonna be a big Makefile.)
- Can you make debuild only rebuild .debs that need rebuilding? Or specify which .debs to rebuild?
- Is my approach completely stupid? Should I break each of the toolboxes into its own source package too? (I'll have to do some silly templating or something, because there's hundreds of them. :/)