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As I asked in the title, I would like to know how to setup Synaptic or how to instruct apt-get to install/upgrade software exclusively from source. I mean, apt-get/synaptic install only pre-compiled packets. I would like to setup the "building all" like Portage in Gentoo. Is this possible? If yes, how?

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marked as duplicate by Braiam, Aditya, LiveWireBT, Eric Carvalho, qbi Nov 1 '13 at 22:49

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You can get the source for a package with apt-get source packagename but building it and installing are separate steps –  Warren Hill Apr 24 '13 at 13:41
Warren, can you explain briefly these steps, please? at least command(s) examples. Thanks. –  Tetractys Apr 24 '13 at 13:56
@bodhi.zazen Not a duplicate, OP is asking about compiling packages from source, not about building Ubuntu from source. –  Basharat Sialvi Apr 24 '13 at 21:20
@BasharatSial Question: "I would like to setup the "building all" like Portage in Gentoo." Answer: "apt-build world" Seems very much like a duplicate to me. –  LiveWireBT Nov 1 '13 at 9:27

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The easiest way is to use apt-build

See http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/raring/man1/apt-build.1.html

See also Build Ubuntu from source, for speed

Building from source is, IMO over rated. See :


(yes I am a long time gentoo user as well)





Honestly, again IMO, if you want to do all this, I highly suggest you use gentoo.

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Apt-get doesn't work like BSD ports or Gentoo portage. You can apt-get source and debuild all of them individually, but it's not easily automate-able or built-in.

You could theoretically script mirroring a source repo, building a dependency chain, starting at the root, and building each package... but generally for the target user-base of Ubuntu, it's not worth it.

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