Creating Solaris Packages made easy

I allways wanted to port GNU stuffs other than (blastwave/sunfreeware) to Solaris but packaging it was bit tough. Recently came across this checkinstall utility which work for most of the Linux Distro's. It basically keeps track of all the files being installed on the system and creates package out of it. I did a quick hack ;) to work on Solaris ...right now its not fully stablized but works !!!

After installation make sure that you edit the checkinstall & installwatch scripts coz it depends on GNU textutils packages. Make sure you set appropriate environment variables in script.

You can download checkinstall from checkinstall-1.6.0beta4.tgz

Here is the demo how it works.
Comments:

Hi, this is fun, as I've used checkinstall on Linux previously.

However, I can't seem to get it to work, even after much care to ensure that the right versions of various gnu tools are being used. installwatch never returns a non-empty list of files, and test-installwatch can't find the symbol utime.

Do you have an updated version or any hints on getting it to work?

Posted by Karl J. Smith on June 29, 2006 at 03:11 PM PDT #

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