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On Debian /Ubuntu systems, how to set a list of packages which can be installed from sources automatically by apt-get or aptitude? The server is mainly for scientific computing and I would like to compile some specific packages with highly optimized flags such as -O3 -march=native to boost the performance. I know how to do this for one single package, however, I don't want to redo these when there comes an upgrade.

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Have a look at Debian's apt-build package.

  • I can't find how to use to build new releases automatically.. – xuhdev Dec 17 '14 at 8:40
  • If you look at the apt-build(1) man page, you see there commands like apt-build update (Retrieve new lists of packages), apt-build upgrade (Perform an upgrade) and apt-build install (Build and install new packages). Put a sane combination of these into a cron job and most of it should be done. – Axel Beckert Dec 17 '14 at 22:52

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