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README.md

npm2debian

npm2debian is a command line tool to convert packages from npmjs.org repository to Debian packages.

Contributions are welcome, we have some tasks to do.

Overview

npm2debian [options] <package>

Options

-h, --help                     : Help
-o OUTPUT, --output=OUTPUT     : Output directory
--versioned                    : Build versioned debian package
--no-package-prefix            : Do not add prefix to Debian package name
-m MAINTAINER,
--maintainer=MAINTAINER        : Debian package maintainer name
-e EMAIL, --email=EMAIL        : Debian package maintainer email
-p PACKAGEPREFIX,
--package-prefix=PACKAGEPREFIX : Debian package name prefix
-u DEBVERSION,
--debian-version=DEBVERSION    : Debian package version
-b DEBBUILD,
--debian-build=DEBBUILD        : Debian package build
--registry=REGISTRY            : Registry for npm install
-v, --version                  : Show version

Environment

These environmanet variables are used during the packaging:

EMAIL="email@address"
DEBFULLNAME="Maintainer Full Name"

You will need the following Debian packages for the tool to work:

sudo apt-get install devscripts dh-make

You will need the following Debian packages to build debs:

sudo apt-get install debhelper fakeroot dpkg-dev

Install

You have several options.

  • Install globally from npm repository

    npm -g install npm2debian

  • Install locally

    npm install npm2debian

  • Install from sources

    git clone https://github.com/arikon/npm2debian
    cd npm2debian
    npm install
    

Usage examples

  • Simple converting of bem package to npm-bem:

    npm2debian bem

    It will create npm-bem-<version> directory with source Debian package describing only one binary package npm-bem.

  • To get Debian package with version in its name you should specify --versioned options:

    npm2debian --versioned bem

    It will create npm-bem-<version> directory with source Debian package describing two binary packages:

    • npm-bem
    • npm-bem-<dashed-version>, where <dashed-version> is a package version with dots replaced to dashes
  • To build debs run:

    cd npm-bem*
    dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot