The below bash script was written in ~10 sec, but packaging it would take me hours of skimming through big walls of text so I ask my self if there is an easy way out there that I don't know about.

#!/usr/bin/env bash

echo "Hello World"

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You could check this answer: create a .deb Package from scripts or binaries The answer provides a quick guide in 8 simple steps.

As an extra you could check a similar procedure for Python scripts: Create deb package for Python source and upload it to ppa at Launchpad

  • Finally a quick & dirty way to create deb's for a simple shell script. Thanks Apr 9, 2013 at 23:21

This answer was originally copied from the question it was in. It was placed here to retain the QA format.

  • First we need to install these packages: sudo apt-get install dh-make devscripts

  • Copy the script into an editor and save it as hello

    chmod u+x hello
    mkdir hello-0.1
    cp hello hello-0.1/
    cd hello-0.1/
    dh_make -s --indep --createorig
    grep -v makefile debian/rules > debian/rules.new
    mv debian/rules.new debian/rules
    echo hello usr/bin > debian/install
    echo "1.0" > debian/source/format
    rm debian/*.ex
    debuild -us -uc
    cd ..
    sudo dpkg -i hello_0.1-1_all.deb

Now entering hello into the Terminal prints 'Hello World'.

  • Note: dh_make disallows using -s AND --indep. Use --indep only.
    – NullDev
    Oct 10, 2019 at 18:54

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