Build and install exim4-daemon-custom on Ubuntu 16.04

Unfortunately I couldn't find a complete and working documentation on how to do this. But this steps succeeded (at least once).

  1. Install build dependencies

    $ sudo apt-get install pbuilder devscripts dpatch grep-dctrl debhelper
    
  2. Add deb-src sources to apt sources list (if you don't have it yet)

    deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security main universe multiverse restricted
    
  3. Start the process:

    $ mkdir exim
    $ apt-get source exim4
    $ cd exim4-4.86.2
    $ fakeroot debian/rules unpack-configs
    $ export  my_pkg_name=custom
    $ cp EDITME.exim4-heavy EDITME.exim4-$my_pkg_name
    
    # edit the configuration and add/remove the features you want or don't want
    $ vi EDITME.exim4-$my_pkg_name
    
    # uncomment the two blocks which define the exim4-daemon-custom packages
    $ vi debian/control
    
    # in debian/rules set extradaemonpackages=exim4-daemon-custom in line 39
    #
    # also after this line:
    #
    # cp EDITME.exim4-custom $(<D)/Local/Makefile
    #
    # which is line 229 when I did this, add this line to debian/rules
    #
    # cp EDITME.eximon $(<D)/Local/eximon.conf
    #
    $ vi debian/rules
    
    # Without this step, the following command doesn't work
    $ cp -a exim_monitor/EDITME EDITME.eximon
    $ fakeroot debian/rules pack-configs
    $ debuild -us -uc
    #
    # perhaps you get an error due to your changes
    # then you have to commit these changes before you can run the debuild command
    $ dpkg-source --commit
    $ debuild -us -uc
    
  4. Now you should have the build packages:

    $ ls -l ../
    total 7968
    drwxr-xr-x 16 root root    4096 Sep  9 22:08 exim4-4.86.2
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root    7914 Sep  9 22:09 exim4_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_all.deb
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  140620 Sep  9 22:09 exim4_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_amd64.build
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root    5251 Sep  9 22:09 exim4_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_amd64.changes
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  452428 Sep  9 22:07 exim4_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5.debian.tar.xz
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root    2160 Sep  9 22:07 exim4_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5.dsc
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root 1799316 Mar 16  2016 exim4_4.86.2.orig.tar.bz2
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root 1061780 Sep  9 22:09 exim4-base_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_amd64.deb
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  372138 Sep  9 22:09 exim4-config_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_all.deb
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  585558 Sep  9 22:09 exim4-daemon-custom_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_amd64.deb
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root 1370962 Sep  9 22:09 exim4-daemon-custom-dbg_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_amd64.deb
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  540776 Sep  9 22:09 exim4-daemon-light_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_amd64.deb
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root 1214298 Sep  9 22:09 exim4-daemon-light-dbg_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_amd64.deb
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  358268 Sep  9 22:09 exim4-dbg_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_amd64.deb
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root   89000 Sep  9 22:09 exim4-dev_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_amd64.deb
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  119946 Sep  9 22:09 eximon4_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_amd64.deb
    
  5. Install it:

    $ dpkg -i ../exim4-daemon-custom_4.86.2-2ubuntu2.5_amd64.deb
    
  6. Remove the build-dependencies:

    $ apt-get remove pbuilder devscripts dpatch grep-dctrl debhelper
    $ apt-get autoremove
    

Sources:

Kim Jahn almost 2 years ago
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