I'd like to be able to create a package that doesnt contain any code or programs itself, but instead installs other packages that exist in the repositories onto a computer, sort of how the
ubuntu-restricted-extras package does?
First, create a directory:
mkdir my-metapackage cd my-metapackage/
Now run the program:
It will create a file called
ns-control, open this file with your text editor.
The control file that you generate should have its
Recommends lines modified to depend on the packages that you want installed:
Section: misc Priority: optional Standards-Version: 3.9.1 Package: my-metapackage Version: 1.0 Depends: openssh-server, gedit Description: This package installes an ssh server and a text editor The Long description of this package ends with a newline!
(Just an example, you should include more information)
And finally, build the package by running
Your package is located at
If you wish to also create a source package, the
--full option can be passed to
equivs-build --full ns-control. This will use debuild & also create .dsc & .tar.gz files.
To create a source .changes file that you can upload to a PPA, extract & build the source package with
dpkg-source -x my-metapackage_1.0.dsc cd my-metapackage-1.0 debuild -S
If the Maintainer that you set in ns-control matches your GPG key, it should build & sign the my-metapackage_1.0_source.changes file for you to dput to your PPA