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Track installation of local software, and produce a binary manageable with your package.

CheckInstall(8) System Manager's Manual CheckInstall(8)


checkinstall — Track installation of local software, and produce a binary manageable with your package management software.


checkinstall [options] [install command]


checkinstall is a program that monitors an installation procedure (such as make install, ), and creates a standard package for your distribution (currently deb, rpm and tgz packages are supported) that you can install through your distribution's package man‐ agement system (dpkg, rpm or installpkg). Note that for most useful actions, checkinstall must be run as root.


These programs follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with two dashes ('-'). A summary of options is included below. All the options that toggle a switch default to activate the option. To force activation or deactivation, call them with '=yes' or '=no'. As an example, to disable stripping use --strip=no. -h --help Show summary of options. --version Show version information. --copyright Show Copyright information --type Choose packaging system. Can be one of 'slackware', 'debian' or 'rpm'. -D Create a Debian package. -R Create a RPM package. -S Create a Slackware Package. --install Toggle installation of the created package. --fstrans Enable/disable filesystem translation. Filesystem translation enabled causes the install to proceed in a temporary directory, thus not actually touching your system. -y I--default Accept default answers to all questions. --pkgname Set the package name. --pkgversion Set package version. -A I--arch I--pkgarch Set package architecture. --pkgrelease Set the package release. --pkglicense Set package license. --pkggroup Set the package group. --pkgsource Set source location --pkgaltsource Set alternate source location --pakdir Where to save the new package. --maintainer Set the package maintainer. Be careful to correctly quote/escape the name, to prevent shell expansion --provides Features provided by this package (currently only on RPM and Deb). --requires Dependencies required by this package. --rpmflags Pass this flags to the rpm installer. --rpmi Use the -i flag when installing a rpm. --rpmu Use the -U flag when installing a rpm. --dpkgflags Pass this flags to the dpkg installer --spec Where the .spec file is located --nodoc Do not include documentation files. -d Set debug level. Must be one of 0, 1 and 2. -si Run an interactive install command --showinstall Toggle interactive install command. -ss Run an interactive Slackware installation script. --showslack Toggle interactive Slackware installation script. --autodoinst Toggle creation of a script. --strip Toggle stripping any ELF binaries found inside the package. --stripso Toggle stripping any ELF libraries (.so) found inside the package. --addso Search for any shared libs and add them to /etc/ --reset-uids Reset perms for all files/dirs to 755 and the owner/group for all dirs to root.root --gzman Compress any man pages found inside the package. --docdir Where to put documentation files. --umask Set the umask value. --exclude Exclude these files/directories from the package. --include Force the inclusion in the package of the files/dirs listed in the argument (a file). --inspect Inspect the package's file list --review-spec Review the spec file before creating a .rpm. --review-control Review the control file before creating a .deb. --newslack Use the new (8.1+) Slackware description format ("--newslack" implies "-S") --with-tar Manually set the path to the tar binary. --deldoc Toggle deletion of doc-pak upon termination. --deldesc Toggle deletion of description-pak upon termination. --delspec Toggle deletion of spec file upon termination. --bk Backup any overwritten files --backup Toggle backup


This program reads its configuration from /etc/checkinstallrc, which can be used to over‐ ride defaults. Command line arguments override settings in the configuration file.


This manual page was written by Felipe Sateler <> for the Debian system (but may be used by others). Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2. On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.
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