Checkinstall – Make a deb file from source

Whenever you install software from source, I Highly Recommend using “checkinstall” instead of “make install” during the final step of compilation. (ie ./configure && make && checkinstall)

Checkinstall will take the newly compiled program, create a debian package file (deb file) for it, and install it via APT so that the programme will appear in synaptic just like any other package. This will make it easier to uninstall any program that was installed from source.

The checkinstall program is not installed by default on ubuntu. Install checkinstall from synaptic or type 

sudo apt-get install checkinstall 

from the terminal.


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A Geeky Bioengineer. Computational Biologist. Cancer Researcher. Amateur Photographer. HAM Radio Operator (AB3DC/VU3DCY)

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