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Debian GNU/Linux FAQ
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6.14 How do I build binary packages from a source package?

You will need all of foo_*.dsc, foo_*.tar.gz and foo_*.diff.gz to compile the source (note: there is no .diff.gz for some packages that are native to Debian).

Once you have them ( How do I install a source package?, Section 6.13), if you have the dpkg-dev package installed, the following command:

     dpkg-source -x foo_version-revision.dsc

will extract the package into a directory called foo-version.

If you want just to compile the package, you may cd into foo-version directory and issue the command

     dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -b

to build the package (note that this also requires the fakeroot package), and then

     dpkg -i ../foo_version-revision_arch.deb

to install the newly-built package(s).

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