Creating Debian packages from Cabal package
Packaging a Cabal package in 10 easy steps
This process requires the haskell-utils package.
1. wget http://hackage.haskell.org/packages/archive/mtl/1.0/mtl-1.0.tar.gz -O haskell-mtl_1.0.1.orig.tar.gz
2. tar -zxf haskell-mtl_1.0.1.orig.tar.gz
3. cd mtl-1.0`
4. mkdir -p debian/varfiles
5. Create debian/varfiles/varfile with your favorite editor:
maintainer="Ian Lynagh (wibble) <firstname.lastname@example.org>" short_description="Haskell monad transformer library for GHC" long_description=" MTL is a monad transformer library, inspired by the paper \"Functional Programming with Overloading and Higher-Order Polymorphism\", by Mark P Jones (<http://www.cse.ogi.edu/~mpj/>), Advanced School of Functional Programming, 1995." c_dev_libs="" extra_build_deps=""
(Pay attention to the leading space in long_description. It's necessary due to the format of Debian's control file.)
6. Create debian/copyright with your favorite editor:
Debianised by ... Author ... Copyright: BSD ... /usr/share/common-licenses/BSD ... EOF
7. dch --create -D unstable --package haskell-mtl --newversion 1.0.1-1
9. debian/rules update-generated-files
10. debuild -us -uc
With luck the .cabal file will provide most of the text for steps 5 and 6.
When making future changes, apart from adding a changelog entry (use dch), only steps 9 and 10 need to be repeated.
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