Accidentally making a Debian-native package
We will imagine that you have created a package, and you have been told it is Debian-native and been asked to correct it.
The first thing to do is to check your ?VersionNumber,
This should have a [[Glossary/DebianVersion[[ part, i.e. a
for a new package. If not the edit
debian/changelog and change the
number in brackets on the first line to have
-1 on the end.
The usual reason why a native package is created by mistake is
dpkg-dev cannot find the ?UpstreamTarball when
it is building your package. Imagine you are packaging scruffy, version
1.1. It is a first upload so the version number will be
1.1-1 with the
DebianVersion added. You will then be working in
And have your packaging in the
You should make sure the ?UpstreamTarball is named correctly and in the correct location.
First move to the parent directory of
scruffy-1.1, and copy
the tarball to your current directory. Then rename it so that
in this case that would be
Now change back to the
scruffy-1.1 directory, and build the package
dpkg-buildpackage. Then look at the file
in this case
and it should contain a line that looks like
2b9b9dda414846c3e1df5f9884319d49 214079 <package>_<upstream-version>.orig.tar.gz 5f49d98764a6b2358196eb36313932f4 28471 <package>_<full-version>.diff.gz
i.e. a line for the
.orig.tar.gz and one for the
.diff.gz. If you only
have a line for
.tar.gz then you have created a native package again,
and you should check the instructions above again.