View Full Version : [all variants] How do I make package manager intelligently handle programs compiled from source?

November 11th, 2008, 09:31 PM
In my case, I have two programs, emacs and gnuplot, that I have compiled from recent sources because the ones in the repositories have bugs or deficiencies that either can't be corrected (pdf terminal support), or haven't been corrected in the hardy repositories yet (emacs xft bolding bug)

These programs were installed in /usr/local/bin.

But when I'd like to install a package from synaptic that depends on these packages, synaptic insists on installing the repository versions of the programs as well. Furthermore, when the dependent programs are called, they only use the repository versions, so the bugs/deficiencies are still there.

Is there any way to make the package manager recognize the programs that were compiled from source and get dependent programs to use those versions?

November 11th, 2008, 11:12 PM
No, package managers can only manage packages. If you want to compile stuff and have it interact with packages, then you need to package what you have compiled. There are various guides to creating .deb packages.

November 12th, 2008, 02:08 AM
checkinstall may do what you want it to. its ib the repositories

CheckInstall keeps track of all the files created or
modified by your installation script ("make install"
"make install_modules", "setup", etc), builds a
standard binary package and installs it in your
system giving you the ability to uninstall it with your
distribution's standard package management utilities.

Homepage: http://asic-linux.com.mx/~izto/checkinstall/ (http://asic-linux.com.mx/%7Eizto/checkinstall/)

November 12th, 2008, 02:12 AM
checkinstall may do what you want it to. its ib the repositories
I was going to suggest that.
All you do is install checkinstall (sudo apt-get install checkinstall), and then when compiling things, instead of doing sudo make install, do sudo checkinstall. Checkinstall also makes a nice little deb incase you need to install it on multiple PCs.

November 12th, 2008, 04:14 AM
CheckInstall (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CheckInstall)