So you want that app... yes... THAT app, so you goto the website... but... DAMN no .deb file only source files.
If you're anything like me, you hate ./configure, make, make install you just want an easy .deb package, for easy install and removing.
Well, checkinstall does that for you. Checkinstall eliminates the 'make install' area and creates AND installs a .deb package for you, therefore you can remove it with a simple 'dpkg -r foo' or in synaptic.
The first thing you need to do is install check install. So we have to uncomment universe, and apt-get check install like so:
then uncomment universe so it looks like this
$sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
save and exit.
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ warty universe
deb-src http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ warty universe
Then, open synaptic and search for checkinstall (make sure you update first) or...
Enter Y to install.
$ sudo apt-get update && apt-get install checkinstall
Reading Package Lists... Done
Building Dependency Tree... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 34.8kB of archives.
After unpacking 135kB of additional disk space will be used.
Now, download that source file you need, unpack it using 'tar zxvf (or jxvf) foo' and cd to that sources directory.
then do the usual.
accept all the defaults, then an option will come up to set a description. You can set one, then hit enter twice, or just hit enter. Select the next default. And that's it. You're done!!
when that is done
let that finish, then, instead of doing a 'make install' do this:
~/path/to/folder:$ sudo checkinstall
Checkinstall installed the new .deb package for you, and put a copy of the package into that foler you were working in. Now you can move that .deb package where ever you want it and delete that folder.
Now if you want to remove that package, just 'dpkg -r pkgname' or 'apt-get remove pkgname' or do it in synaptic.
Try it out... download beep-media-player based on the other howto (http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1988) , then at the end instead of doing a 'make install' do a 'checkinstall'. Then you have a .deb package for future use.
Easy as that.