Modern Debian development workflows involve packaging with Git and the primary tool for doing that is git-buildpackage. git-buildpackage provides a
gbp command with several options similar to the
git command itself. Many of these commands are themselves just a wrapper of lower-level Debian tools, so the complexity to learning packaging can be quite high.
To get around that, here are the short & simple steps to getting started with git-buildpackage. This should work on nearly any Debian-based distribution, but I recommend working on this in a clean and separate environment a DebianUnstable virtual machine.
- Install it with
sudo apt install git-buildpackage
- Grab the dotfiles at the end of this page. You'll need:
- The package build will occur in a clean environment. Create it with
sudo git-pbuilder create
- Find the URL of a package you want to build on https://salsa.debian.org, the Debian project's self-hosted GitLab instance
- Create a clone of it with
gbp clone --all <URL>
- Enter the cloned repo's directory with
- Run the build with
gbp buildpackage -us -uc
- When it's finished, your packages will be at