bpkg is a utility that tries to simplify the process of trying out new programs from source.
bpkg will download, extract, configure, compile, install, generate a package in your system's native format, and finally integrate that package into your system's packaging system so that you can remove it cleanly.
It has auto-detection for Arch Linux, Slackware, Red Hat, Gentoo and SuSE (though not all packaging back-ends are complete).
bpkg is not intended as a replacement for normal packaging utilities.
NOTE: bpkg is NOT heavily tested and could do bad things to your system. Use at your own risk.
If all goes well, all you have to do to install bpkg is type:
# make install
bpkg should auto-detect your packaging system and generate a package for itself.
You can also use make DESTDIR=/tmp/pkg install to install to a package root. If auto-packaging fails you can use make install-raw to do a normal unmanaged installation.
What's New in This Release:
· The build section was refactored so that it's cleaner.
· Self-packaging was fixed so it should actually work if you don't already have installwatch installed.
· The --build-with option was added.
· By using --skip-build and --install-with, bpkg can now be used as a substitute for checkinstall.