If I had an application with .tar.gz or .tar.bz2 extension can I transform it to a package .deb ?

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    Although I marked this as a duplicate, nothing really replaces learning to make a proper .deb + 1 , see the packaging guideline or ppa
    – Panther
    May 26 '14 at 18:36

You can use checkinstall for that create deb from tar.gz or bz2

How to use

  1. Extract your tar.gz to a folder.
  2. Go to folder
  3. If there is not makefile , create
  4. Type sudo checkinstall.

Package will be created there

See the complete documentation at CheckInstall.


Yes and no. You are prbably better off extracting it and using one of the tools to make a proper deb.

http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/162 Works quite well.

That said it is possible to create a .deb containing your .tar.gz and have a post install script extract it, but that is mostly pointless.

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