I am running Debian Lenny but want to use the latest stable version of nginx but have it "debianized" so all the startup scripts, logrotate, conf files etc are in the locations that installing from a debian package would provide. I have come up with the following and was wondering if anyone can see any problems with it. aptitude install build-essential libpcre3 libpcre3-dev libpcrecpp0 libssl-dev zlib1g-dev aptitude install nginx # Installs version 6.32 cd /usr/src/ wget http://sysoev.ru/nginx/nginx-0.6.35.tar.gz tar zxvf nginx-0.6.35.tar.gz cd nginx-0.6.35 # The following uses the same config that the debian package uses. ./configure --sbin-path=/usr/sbin/nginx \ --with-http_ssl_module \ --prefix=/etc/nginx \ --conf-path=/etc/nginx/nginx.conf \ --user=www-data \ --group=www-data \ --error-log-path=/var/log/nginx/error.log \ --http-log-path=/var/log/nginx/access.log \ --pid-path=/var/run/nginx.pid \ --http-client-body-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/body \ --http-proxy-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/proxy \ --http-fastcgi-temp-path=/var/lib/nginx/fastcgi make mv /usr/sbin/nginx /usr/sbin/nginx.debian mv objs/nginx /usr/sbin/ /etc/init.d/nginx restart aptitude hold nginx Basically it just replaces the nginx binary with the updated version and uses the default debian configuration to operate from. It seems to run OK. When updated versions are released I just run the ./configure and make and replace the nginx binary. Thanks, James
on 2009-02-03 04:22
on 2009-02-03 21:54
If you have to maintain debian systems and want debianized packages that are custom, it is really simple to customize the source package and a bit more work to build your own from scratch. This can be done with any debian package and you can find out a lot more about it within the debian community and their documentation. Essentially, all you need to know is that you can use 'apt-get source' to return the debian source package and build with dpkg-build. Generally you should build everything as normal users and use fakeroot. If you want to build a completely custom debian package from any source tar.gz (such as nginx's), you can use a program called 'dh_make'. Google should be able to direct you to plenty of relevent documentation and tutorials. If you need further help, try a debian community resource (and brace yourself).