I created a package (with dpkk-build and dh_make) from my own program source and got a deb-binary. So far, so good. No if I'd upload the package to my ppa and installed it from there, the program would not work because I did not specify where it should install the files. After creating and configuring the debian folder (after dh_make), my project folder looks like:

/main.py (the programm)

Now my questions:

  • How/where (perhaps in control or rules in /debian?) do I specify where to copy the first 3 files/folders to? I would like to copy my whole program including the main script to /opt/extras.ubuntu.com/program-name.

  • Moreover I'd also need to copy a .desktop file to /usr/share/applications that executes the main.py script.

Where do I place the needed instructions?


As the dh_make did not do itself but can be found in the docs here, I made an install-file in the /debian directory containing the files to be moved. After a debuild -S there was a subdirectory named like the package created, and in its tree structure (like the destination described in the install file) the files were placed. So I guess it will work on a regular install. Only one more question: How can I set chmod+x to those installed files?

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    Did you gave a look to this askubuntu.com/q/90764/169736?
    – Braiam
    Sep 19, 2013 at 16:05
  • Now I did. I saw an install file there about which I have already read. After my dh_make, there was no install file in the debian-directory. So if i create the file manually and specify all places in the 'file path' 'copy file to this path' -manner, installing would work (e.g. with apt-get install name)? Sep 19, 2013 at 16:39
  • You should create files as you see fit that comply with the manual/usage of the guides, after you think everything is done you should run lithian to check that everything complies the directives (as double verification method).
    – Braiam
    Sep 19, 2013 at 16:41
  • So you mean that the install-file will be respected by dpkg-build? Don't want to mix things that aren't supposed to be used together Sep 19, 2013 at 16:45
  • Did you ran dch --create?
    – Braiam
    Sep 19, 2013 at 16:47


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