I use a tool called YUMI to create a USB boot device.

Its Debian package and its source can be downloaded from http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/.

I needed to change a file in source code to make the program fits my needs but now I don't how to compile it and install it afterwards.

I tried with dpkg but with no experience and it didn't work.

So, is there an easy way to compile and install a user-modified source code?

  • See unix.stackexchange.com/q/112157/4671 for related discussion. "I tried with dpkg but with no experience and it didn't work." does not help anyone trying to help you. Please paste commands used and errors encountered. Thanks. Mar 1, 2014 at 0:55
  • @FaheemMitha Thanks for the advice. I'd have helped myself if I had done that.
    – Nic61629
    Mar 6, 2014 at 23:20

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The easy way to compile a package from source is with dpkg-buildpackage. Make sure you have build-essential installed. And fakeroot as well. Then:

  1. All of this is done inside the package directory. If you're in the right directory, there should be a debian/ subdirectory, containing debian/control and debian/rules (and probably more stuff, too).
  2. Run dpkg-checkbuilddeps. Install any missing dependencies.
  3. Edit debian/changelog to add a new changelog entry, with a new version. Otherwise apt will be annoyed. Alternatively, install devscripts and use dch -l.
  4. Run dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -b -uc to build the binary package only, dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot -us -uc to build binary and source packages.
  5. You should now have some new .deb files in the parent directory, ready to be installed with dpkg -i
  • I guess now I know it didn't work. Source codes didn't include debian/control and debian/rules. Gonna try this with another source. Bookmarked. Thanks.
    – Nic61629
    Mar 6, 2014 at 23:25

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