Common Packaging Mistakes
This page is designed to be a location where common packaging mistakes and their solutions are documented. There are three ways to use this page
- As a reference to try and help you solve problems people have told you about in your package.
- As a package checklist. You can look at all the things here and see if they apply to your package. It would be great if all of them could be detected by a tool like lintian, but that's not really going to happen.
- As a place to refer packagers when they make one of these mistakes. It can save repeating the same things again, and together we can work to make the explanations more useful.
I will try and impose an order to this page as it grows, but for now we can just throw things on to this page.
So for a start my favorite ones of the moment...
- Copyright - Errors in copyright attribution.
Licenses - Errors in identifying the licenses of the package.
VersionNumbers - Using incorrect version numbers.
UsingcpToInstallFiles - Creating
.debs with incorrect file permissions internally.
UsingPWDnotCURDIR - Build failures when real root is used.
UsingCURDIRWithoutQuotes - Build failures when