I'm trying to install Kdenlive from https://github.com/KDE/kdenlive. From looking Online, it seems the best way is to build a .deb package from the source and install it with the created package. But, how exactly do I go about making a .deb package from source from github?


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You aren't building a deb from source here. You can read the documentation provided on the link you posted, but I will summarize here. The commands you will have to do will be as follows:

git clone https://www.github.com/KDE/kdenlive
cd kdenlive
mkdir build
cd build
cmake .. -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/bin
make -j4
sudo make install

This will:

  • Gather the source files
  • Set up a build environment
  • Tell the system where to install (In this case, /usr/bin so that it can be called with just kdenlive)
  • Build the source into binary
  • Copy the binary into the installation path so that it can be called.

If, however, you really do want to build a .deb file, you can do most of this process the same. However, before you begin, start by running:

sudo apt-get install checkinstall

Then, follow the same procedure as above. However, replace:

sudo make install


sudo checkinstall

The checkinstall application monitors what was made and installed, and compiles a .deb file accordingly.

  • If you don't want to keep the source files around after building, you can do rm -r kdenlive to delete them.
    – user323419
    Feb 4, 2016 at 19:54
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    -1 This doesn't answer the question how to create a Debian package from the source code. Feb 4, 2016 at 19:57
  • @DavidFoerster However, it does answer the question of "How can I install this from source?" The main question here was "How can I get this installed on my system?". The user had misinterpreted information and thought that building into a deb is the easiest way. I can modify to include building into a deb. EDIT: Fixed.
    – user323419
    Feb 4, 2016 at 20:22
  • This is a fine answer, I would suggest maybe explaining more that even though this would work, this is not the proper way to build a real "deb".
    – Weboide
    Feb 4, 2016 at 20:47
  • Wow, I didn't know about checkinstall. Nifty.
    – psusi
    Feb 4, 2016 at 23:38

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