I am trying to make a debian package for my own application, using the PBuilder utility. I cannot use dh, because the build process of my program is very specific. When I compile it, I must run qmake instead of the usual "./configure" and then make. So I created my own "rules" script, but when I run pdebuild, it compiles and installs the files to the desired paths, but I end up with an error saying:

dpkg-genchanges: error: binary build with no binary artifacts found; cannot distribute

My application is called Qtag, and this is my rules file:

#!/usr/bin/make -f

    cd src; qmake
    cd src; make clean
    rm -f src/qtag
    rm -f src/Makefile

    cd src; qmake
    cd src; make

build-arch: build

build-indep: build

binary-arch: build-arch
    mkdir -p $$(pwd)/debian/qtag/usr/bin
    cp src/qtag $$(pwd)/debian/qtag/usr/bin

binary-indep: build-indep
    mkdir -p $$(pwd)/debian/qtag/usr/share/pixmaps
    mkdir -p $$(pwd)/debian/qtag/usr/share/applications
    cp src/images/Qtag.png $$(pwd)/debian/qtag/usr/share/pixmaps
    cp src/qtag.desktop $$(pwd)/debian/qtag/usr/share/applications

binary: binary-arch binary-indep

This is my "control" file:

Source: qtag
Section: unknown
Priority: optional
Maintainer: Karel Patlejch <kaja.patlejch@gmail.com>
Build-Depends: debhelper (>= 9), qt5-default, libtag1-dev
Standards-Version: 3.9.5
Homepage: http://github.com/amethystant/qtag

Package: qtag
Architecture: any
Depends: ${shlibs:Depends}, ${misc:Depends}, libtag1-vanilla, libqt5core5a
Description: Audio tag editor
 Qtag is a Qt-based audio tag editor. Supports ID3, Xiph Comments and more.

I use PBuilder and Debian 8

This is full output of pdebuild: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1mZWkkv-WWpMDBwbVNwRGV4ZVE/view?usp=sharing

  • 1
    Could you post your pbuilder log somewhere? It will be in a file called something like qtag_...build in the parent directory of your package directory. Jun 16 '15 at 15:59
  • 1
    You should still be able to use dh, because it is extensively customizable. Can you post a link to your project's source code? Jun 16 '15 at 16:09
  • @FaheemMitha according to this control file (above), his source is at github.com/amethystant/qtag
    – casey
    Jun 16 '15 at 16:27
  • @casey Oh, I missed that link. Jun 16 '15 at 16:32
  • @StephenKitt I can only upload it on Google Drive, but you have to download it if you want to view it. Here it is (I've also added it to the original post): drive.google.com/file/d/0B1mZWkkv-WWpMDBwbVNwRGV4ZVE/… Jun 17 '15 at 15:07

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