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LzDeb - Build debian packages the lazy way

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LZDeb - build Debian packages the lazy way

Want to install something from a debian / apt package but prebuilt packages don't exist?

Build your own, the easy (and lazy) way!


Run (/d is a directory):

$ lzdeb build /d

Collect the resulting debian package file in your working directory.

$ lzdeb build /d
$ ls *.deb

Directory /d should contain these files:

  1. /d/config.yml
  2. (optional) /d/build
  3. /d/install
  4. (optional) /d/validate

Example: examples/silversearcher-ag

Create a debian package for the silver searcher.

  image: ubuntu:16.04
    - apt update
    - apt install -y git
  image: ubuntu:18.04
    - apt update
  type: git
  ref: 2.2.0
  pull_submodules: yes
  pkgname: silversearcher-ag
  pkgversion: 2.2.0
  pkgrelease: 1
  pkglicense: Apache 2.0
  pkggroup: main
  maintainer: example@lzdeb.invalid
  description: "A code-searching tool similar to ack, but faster."
    - liblzma-dev>=5.1.1
    - libpcre3-dev>=2:8.38
    - zlib1g-dev>=1:1.2.8

builder defines the docker container within which the deb package is built.

validator defines the docker container within which the built deb is validated (install the package, may be some test commands)

source defines where to get the source code to be built.

deb_info defines debian package metadata to be used when creating the debian package.

1. build

Install build tools and required libraries. Build (compile) the code.

#!/usr/bin/env bash

set -e

apt-get update
apt-get install -y \
  automake \
  pkg-config \
  libpcre3-dev \
  zlib1g-dev \

cd the_silver_searcher*/
2. install

Perform a "make install". A debian package is built automatically based on filesystem changes.

#!/usr/bin/env bash

set -e

cd the_silver_searcher*/
make install
3. validate

Try installing the built debian package. Verify program runs.

#!/usr/bin/env bash

set -e

apt install -y ./*.deb
ag -h
Tying it all together
$ lzdeb build example/silversearcher-ag
... spin up build container
... build script gets run
... install script gets run (deb package file created)
... validate script gets run (deb package file gets installed in fresh container)
$ ls *.deb


  1. Install Python 3
  2. Install Docker
  3. Install the pip package:
$ pip3 install lzdeb

Tested on MacOS. Probably works on Linux as well.


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How To Contribute

  • Fork the repo.
  • In a virtualenv:
    • pip3 install -r requirements.txt
    • pip3 install -r .circleci/test_requirements
  • Hack Away!
  • Testing:
    • New unit tests to go in test/
    • If you have CircleCI access, make sure the test_all workflow passes.
    • Otherwise, you could run tests locally (see .circleci/config.yml):
      • unit tests: py.test --cov=lzdeb test/
      • lint: pylint -E lzdeb test
      • pep8: pycodestyle lzdeb test
      • type hint checking: mypy lzdeb test

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