I am quite new to Linux and am trying to install Tirex on an Ubuntu server. Tirex is mapping-related software, and its instructions indicate that to use it one must "install from source or build your own Debian/Ubuntu packages."

After a fair amount of dependency-related trial and error (mostly), I have managed to get the following commands to execute successfully: (see above link for more info)

sudo make install

However, after doing that, I am having trouble getting Tirex to run as I expect it might, and I notice on the instruction page that the Debian/Ubuntu packages will take care of some setup configuration. This is where I have trouble.

When I run...

make deb

...it seems to compile okay (a few warnings, but no errors that stop it), but I don't see any .deb packages created. There are some new directories and files but no .deb files.

How do I know if make deb has been successful, and/or how do I install the results if it has been (and there isn't a .deb file)?

  • You will need to look in the source code directory, build directory, or perhaps one directory up for the .deb . If you can not find it, sudo updatedb && locate *.deb $HOME
    – Panther
    Nov 3, 2014 at 3:19
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    Wow, I feel like a prize idiot for not having seen those. They were in the parent directory, just as the install instructions said they would be. As I mentioned, I am new to Linux, but I'm not that new. I had been using the "find" command to search for *.deb files. Evidently I had been misusing it. @bodhi.zazen if you write an answer I'll accept it. Nov 3, 2014 at 3:32
  • It is easy to become frustrated , we have all been there.
    – Panther
    Nov 3, 2014 at 13:34

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It varies by developer / source code, but the resulting .deb are often in one of 3 locations, the parent directory, the build directory, or sometimes in a directory within the source code.

If not specified in the README, you can find them with locate or find.

sudo updatedb
locate *.deb $HOME

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