Using the instructions found here, I have been trying to create source code from a python file using debhelper. I have reached the final step, where you have to enter:

$ debuild -us -uc

However, when I enter this command, I get the output:

/usr/bin/fakeroot: debian/rules: /usr/bin/make: bad interpreter: No such file or directory
dpkg-buildpackage: error: fakeroot debian/rules clean gave error exit status 126

How can I get this to compile correctly?

EDIT: Here are the contents of my debian/rules file:

#!/usr/bin/make -f
    dh $@

3 Answers 3


Try reinstalling make package

if dpkg -l | grep -q '^ii\s\+make\s'; then
    sudo apt-get --reinstall install make
    sudo apt-get install make
  • Cheers, that fixed it. That's not a complicated code at all, is it :P Aug 24, 2011 at 20:16

If you have /usr/bin/make, then there is a typo on your debian/rules, perhaps you edited it using a windows editor and saved the filed with windows carriage returns ?


dos2unix debian/rules
  • I created everything using Ubuntu, so unfortunately this hasn't solved the issue. How do I get /usr/bin/make, I installed everything in the tutorial and followed all the instructions and I don't seem to have one. Also, I have added the contents of my debian/rules to the original post. Aug 24, 2011 at 18:41
  • sudo apt-get install build-essential Aug 24, 2011 at 18:53
  • build-essential is already the latest version. Yet I don't have /usr/bin/make? Aug 24, 2011 at 19:02
  • There is very odd, run: sudo apt-get install --reinstall make Aug 24, 2011 at 20:10

I had this problem when I was builing on a filesystem that was mounted noexec.

To test this from a shell:

( echo '#!/bin/sh' ; echo echo You can run executables on this fs ) > t.sh
chmod +x t.sh

If you don't get a permission denied error, then that's not your problem. If you do, then you either need to remount the fs without the noexec option or do your work somewhere else.

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