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How to make a GNU package?

  • find a name for the package, for instance "mypkg"
  • structure the package directory:
mkdir mypkg; cd mypkg
touch COPYING README INSTALL NEWS AUTHORS ChangeLog
mkdir src build-aux doc tests #lib scripts
  • populate the src/ directory with your code, e.g. hello.cpp
  • retrieve the license, for instance GPLv3:
wget -O COPYING http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0.txt
  • fill the information files, such as README (example), INSTALL (example)...
touch configure.ac Makefile.am src/Makefile.am doc/Makefile.am #and edit
autoreconf --install
./configure #can be followed by --prefix=~/bin, LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/lib, etc
make
make check
  • write some documentation in Texinfo:
 cd doc
 wget -O fdl.texi http://cvs.savannah.gnu.org/viewvc/*checkout*/gnustandards/fdl.texi?root=gnustand
ards&content-type=text%2Fplain
 touch manual.texi #and edit
 make pdf

  • make your package available to anyone:
make install
make distcheck #can be followed by DISTCHECK_CONFIGURE_FLAGS=LDFLAGS=-L/usr/local/lib for instance
tar tzvf mypkg-0.1.tar.gz #to check what is in the release