When you seriously think about packaging as new comer to Debian, please read the official documentation :
Whether you want
- to install some programs or data on several computers
- the packaging system to take care of updates
- to help the Debian project.
Introduction to Debian Packaging
If you need to create rapidly a package, use equivs :
If you prefere to gain real knowledge about Debian packaging :
first read the excellent introduction to Debian Packaging to build a package from scratch,
or the buiding tutorial to apply changes to an existing package.
Then read the intresting pdf file included int the package : packaging-tutorial
Please note that some Debian Derivatives resources may be quite useful too.
Learn more about the DEX project
Advanced Packaging Procedures
from Debian Women
?Adding and removing diversions
?How to split a package into smaller packages
RPM - Converting a .RPM into .DEB - generally leads to bad results
Creating package without some particular architectures - for easy porting
External useful links
http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/ and package apt-howto
http://www.debian.org/devel/wnpp/prospective : requested packages, and packages being worked on.
http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-debpkg.html : creating debian packages - high-level description of debian packaging .
http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/336 Rolling your own debian packages.
Autobuilding non-free packages: http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.debian.devel.announce/997
PackageConfigUpgrade : propose a new way to smoothly handle configuration upgrades during package upgrades