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Thread: How to make a deb
04-24-2011, 12:25 PM #1How to make a deb
You want release mods, hacks, etc really easy. Well packaging the hack makes it installing the hack very easy for the end-user without messing up permissions or other problems.
iPhone or iPod touch
SSH (OpenSSH installed on device)
WinSCP (4.2.5 or higher)
First of all you would want to make a folder on your desktop. For this tutorial "X" is being used as a folder.
2. Control File
You will need a control file so you are able to package the DEB and for it to be viewable in Cydia/Rock.
To do this make a folder called "DEBIAN" (ALL CAPS) inside the folder "X".
Inside of the folder DEBIAN, make a file called "control" all lowercase and without an extension.
Here is a brief description of the fields in a control file
You need to add the below inside your control file except with your information.Make sure you add an extra space at the bottom of the control file
Description: Small Desc. about your app.
Homepage: Your Website
Maintainer: YourName <YourEmail>
Sponsor: YourWebSiteName <Website URL>
Here is one of my own control file I use in Advanced Preferences
Name: Advanced Preferences 2
Description: This hack will give you more settings and tweaks.
Maintainer: CS Dev <[email protected]>
Author: CS Dev
Sponsor: CS Dev <http://www.csdev.2x.nu>
3. File Structure
Inside your "X" folder, it's going to be like the iPhone File System. Like if you want to add a file to the root partition, just put the file in "X".
A. Application Structure
To install apps with DEBs, inside of "X", make a folder called "Applications". Then inside of Applications, make your app folder (EX: Cydia.app)
B. Theme Structure
To install themes wth DEBs, inside of "X", make a folder called "Library". Then inside of Libary, make another folder called "Themes" . After that inside of themes make your theme folder (EX: Cydia.theme)
Add your files using the structure above
4. WinSCP and SSH.
Open up WinSCP and connect to your Device. Navigate on your Device to
Copy the X Folder to your device. File Structure should be below
Inside the X Folder change the permissions of the DEBIAN folder and its files to755
Navigate to var/root/ and open up the terminal im WinSCP. Do this by clicking the black box in one of the toolbars.
Inside of Terminal type the following command in the "Enter Command" Box.
dpkg -b X
It will pop-up some error and this is okay.
The DEB file will be located in var/root/