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1. How to get unstripped FFmpeg

Here is how to get unstripped FFmpeg on Debian. It will be obsoleted once we upload it to debian-unofficial.org.

Download the source package of ffmpeg-debian:

apt-get source ffmpeg-debian
cd ffmpeg-debian*/

Add a new changelog entry and change the package name to ffmpeg:

dch -i 'Make an unstripped package'
sed -i -e 1s/ffmpeg-debian/ffmpeg/ debian/changelog

Regenerate the package control file:

debian/rules debian/control

Download the unstripped source code:

debian/rules get-orig-source

A file called ../ffmpeg_*.orig.tar.gz should be created.

Unpack it and copy your debian directory there:

tar xf ../ffmpeg_*.orig.tar.gz
cp -a debian ffmpeg-0*/
mv ffmpeg-0*/ ..
cd ../ffmpeg-0*/

Then build the unstripped packages:

debuild -b

Then install the unstripped packages:

sudo debi