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Are there any graphical tools for creating ubuntu/debian packages?

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Yes, there exits a piece of software named Ubucompiler which is decribed as "an easy software to ubuntu, debian, linux mint to compile, make, install and create a .deb package": On the other hand, on page where creating .deb packages are discussed, a critic of Ubucompiler reads as follows: "Ubucompilator does not add the necessary Build-Depends to the Debian control file so yes, the .deb package can be created with Ubucompilator, but you cannot use the source code to say Launchpad so it can be build for different architectures, etc. Also, the packages are not signed and so on, so that's not the proper way of creating a .deb file".

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Ubucompiler depends on gambas2 which was superseded by gambas3 in current Ubuntu distributions. The project has last seen any action back in 2010, so while it might have been an option back then, it should probably be considered obsolete and broken today. – ssc Jul 30 at 9:38

GiftWrap is another option.

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You could try debomatic. It's already in Ubuntu's package archives:

sudo apt-get install debomatic

It provides a simple tool to automate build of source packages with limited user interaction and a simple configuration. It has some useful features such as automatic update of pbuilder, automatic scan and selection of source packages to build and modules support.

It is meant to help developers to build their packages without worrying too much of compilation, since it will run in background and no user feedback is required during the whole process.

The project is developed by a Ubuntu developer:

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There is nothing graphical about debomatic, nor does it help with creating the packaging... It's more of a build daemon/repository. – andrewsomething Oct 29 '10 at 21:46

Check out Ubucompilator in its updated version 1.0 beta. A short usage introduction video can be found here:

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This seems like a great start. However, if you don't already know how to do the packaging manually, the interface is baffling. – belacqua Feb 9 '11 at 19:44

Also you should check Debreator

I am using for my CarMusTy distribution

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Ringtail Dec 12 '12 at 5:40

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