I know how to package rpm for RHEL, but have little experience of deb packaging.

I'd like to package other OS's library and headers for making cross-compiler, so there won't need any compilation process. However, deb packaging process forces to write some kind of Makefile.

How can I make a deb package for a precompiled files? I won't distribute it except for coworkers, so I dont' need all kind of complex debian packaging rules.

Here is for my rpm .spec file. It is almost trivial..

%define os some-os
%define rootname sysroot-%{os}
%global debug_package %{nil}
Name: sysroot-some-os
Version: 0.1
Release: 1
Source: sysroot-some-os.tar.bz2
Summary: Sysroot from some os

BuildArch: noarch
BuildRequires: bzip2

Sysroot from some os

%setup -q -n %{rootname}

mkdir -p ${RPM_BUILD_ROOT}/opt/cross/%{os}/sysroot
cp -r * ${RPM_BUILD_ROOT}/opt/cross/%{os}/sysroot
chmod -R -x ${RPM_BUILD_ROOT}/opt/cross/%{os}/sysroot




maybe one can think debian/install solve this problem, but as you can see, this package has a lot of files and writing every file is not a good idea. (Look at .spec file.)

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    Possible duplicate of create a .deb Package from scripts or binaries – muru Mar 24 '17 at 4:39
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    @muru No, I dont' think so. 1) I have a archive file that has to be extracted properly 2) I want to make working debian build script equivalent to my rpm .spec file, however that answers dont. – Byoungchan Lee Mar 24 '17 at 5:05

Yes, you can create Debian Binary Package directly

All you need is

  1. packagename/DEBIAN/control file, example:

    Package: linuxstatus
    Version: 1.1-1
    Section: base
    Priority: optional
    Architecture: all
    Depends: bash (>= 2.05a-11), textutils (>= 2.0-12), awk, procps (>= \
    1:2.0.7-8), sed (>= 3.02-8), grep (>= 2.4.2-3), coreutils (>= 5.0-5)
    Maintainer: Chr. Clemens Lee <clemens@kclee.de>
    Description: Linux system information
     This script provides a broad overview of different
     system aspects.
  2. Your files in same structure of installation in packagename folder

  3. Run cd ..; dpkg-deb --build packagename

Reference: Debian Binary Package Building HOWTO

  • This made a package, but when I installed the package, no files were installed. – fadedbee Apr 2 at 9:07
  • @fadedbee, Could you please create new question and share the building log. – user.dz Apr 2 at 9:53
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    Thanks for your reply. I succeeded with: gist.github.com/stbuehler/4125579 Sorry - it was a keyring package, so I can't really post it publicly. – fadedbee Apr 2 at 13:44

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