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1 jpye 1817 DTAR
2     ----
3    
4     This is a fairly simple tool for building a Debian package
5     from a source code tarball. Following the convention of the
6 jpye 1927 'rpmbuild -ta' command, one can embed the necessary files for
7 jpye 1817 building platform-dependent packages within a platform-independent
8     source-code package. This script implements the necessary
9     script for compiling this package on Debian platforms.
10    
11     Usage:
12     dtar ~/ascend-0.9.5.115.tar.bz2
13    
14     It works by first reading a few of the important files from
15     inside the tarball, including 'debian/control' and
16     'debian/changelog' to make sure that these are present and
17     readable, and that the debian changelog has a version number
18     that matches the source code tarball version number.
19    
20     Next it unpacks the files to a temporary directory and
21     creates the source package. Finally, it creates the
22     binary package and deletes the temporarary files.
23    
24     It is intended that some more command-line arguments will
25     be added to provide greater support over the build process.
26    
27     It is also intended that this build script will provide
28     support for standard file locations as used by RPM, eg
29     RPMS/i386/mypackage_1.0-0.deb, so that the user can easily
30     locate the resulting packages once the command has
31     completed.
32    
33     John Pye
34     16 Aug 2008.
35    

john.pye@anu.edu.au
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