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Note that for most useful actions, checkinstall must be run as root

checkinstall is really useful if you've got a tarball with software that you have to compile with the usual

make install
make clean

To use it, you just build the software according to its instructions, and then use the install command in the instructions through checkinstall. I usually boils down to

tar -zxvf source-app.tar.gz
cd source

checkinstall will build a .deb package and install it.

If you want to remove the package, just use your favorite package management tool.

If you add the --install=no option to checkinstall, the program will generate a .deb package without installing it.

You can now install the generated .deb on your computer or other machines of the same architecture (and the same version of Debian system), with dpkg -i source-app_version_amd64.deb or gdebi.

The default configuration is read from /etc/checkinstallrc

See also

CategoryPackageManagement | CategoryPackaging | CategorySoftware