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How to rebuild ubuntu memcached package from bzr source to lift up upstream version

Read Manual at Ubuntu Packaging Guide

Install dev environment

Getting set up instructions

There are a number of tools that will make your life as an Ubuntu developer much easier. You will encounter these tools later in this guide. To install most of the tools you will need run this command:

$ sudo apt-get install gnupg pbuilder ubuntu-dev-tools bzr-builddeb apt-file

Note: Since Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot” (or if you have Backports enabled on a currently supported release), the following command will install the above and other tools which are quite common in Ubuntu development:

$ sudo apt-get install packaging-dev

Set up pbuilder environment

$ pbuilder-dist <release> create

Create your GPG/SSH keys

$ gpg --gen-key
$ ssh-keygen -t rsa

Upload your GPG/SSH pub keys to Launchpad

To find about your GPG fingerprint, run:

$ gpg --fingerprint email@address.com

and it will print out something like:

pub   4096R/43CDE61D 2010-12-06
      Key fingerprint = 5C28 0144 FB08 91C0 2CF3  37AC 6F0B F90F 43CD E61D
uid   Daniel Holbach <dh@mailempfang.de>
sub   4096R/51FBE68C 2010-12-06

Then run this command to submit your key to Ubuntu keyserver:

$ gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --send-keys 43CDE61D

where 43CDE61D should be replaced by your key ID (which is in the first line of output of the previous command). Now you can import your key to Launchpad.

Upload your SSH key to Launchpad

Configure Bazaar

$ bzr whoami "Bob Dobbs <subgenius@example.com>"
$ bzr launchpad-login subgenius

Configure your shell¶

export DEBFULLNAME="Bob Dobbs"
export DEBEMAIL="subgenius@example.com"

Fix pbuilder-dist distribution bug under precise https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ubuntu-dev-tools/+bug/1068390

pbuilder-dist quantal update
Traceback (most recent call last):
  File "/usr/bin/pbuilder-dist", line 462, in <module>
  File "/usr/bin/pbuilder-dist", line 456, in main
  File "/usr/bin/pbuilder-dist", line 286, in get_command
    if self.target_distro == UbuntuDistroInfo().devel():
  File "/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/distro_info.py", line 92, in devel
    raise DistroDataOutdated()
distro_info.DistroDataOutdated: Distribution data outdated


In Precise, a quick and dirty fix is to edit the file /usr/bin/pbuilder-dist , commenting out lines 286 to 289 by prefixing each line with a #.

Pull source


$ bzr init-repo memcached
$ cd memcached
$ bzr branch ubuntu:precise/memcached memcached.dev
$ cd memcached.dev

If you’ve got something like bzr: ERROR: Revision {package-import@ubuntu.com-*} not present in "Graph(StackedParentsProvider(bzrlib.repository._LazyListJoin(([CachingParentsProvider(None)], []))))" on branching bzr request, use: -Olaunchpad.packaging_verbosity=off to mitigate the issue.

Working on package


Make working copy of upstream branch

$ bzr branch memcached.dev 1.4.18-0ubuntu1
$ cd 1.4.18-0ubuntu1

Update source files.

Fix debian/watch:

filenamemangle=s|[^/]+[?]name=(.*?)&.*|$1| \

Remove old patch debian/patches/60_fix_racey_test.patch

Fix series file

Regenerate configure

Update doc/Makefile

Commit changes

$ bzr st
$ bzr add ...
$ dch -i
$ bzr commit

A hook in bzr-builddeb will use the debian/changelog text as the commit message and set the tag to mark bug #12345 as fixed.

This only works with bzr-builddeb 2.7.5 and bzr 2.4, for older versions use debcommit.

Rebuild package

$ bzr builddeb -S
$ pbuilder-dist precise build ../memcached_1.4.18-0ubuntu1.dsc

You can test new package. It can be found at

$ dpkg -I ~/pbuilder/*_result/memcached_*.deb

Push update into launchpad

To push it to Launchpad, as the remote branch name, you need to stick to the following nomenclature:


This could for example be:




So if you just run:

$ bzr push lp:~john-koepi/ubuntu/precise/memcached/default

Uploading packages to this PPA

You can upload packages to this PPA using:

$ dput ppa:john-koepi/common <source.changes>

Multi-distribution PPA upload path

Support new multi-distribution PPA upload path

Since http://bazaar.launchpad.net/+branch/launchpad/revision/17093, Launchpad has supported a new form for the PPA upload path, ~//.

PPA & Packaging: Having versions of packages for multiple distros

Probably the easiest way is to simply copy the binaries on Launchpad or use another name.

For example:

nginx (1:1.4.1-0ubuntu1~preciseppa1) precise; urgency=low

bzr builddeb -S strips last suffix from debian/changelog version to match local version to watched. To match memcached watch file you should use:

memcached (1.4.20-0precise1) precise; urgency=low

Whether to use debuild -S -sd or debuild -S -sa is really a different question, but here’s a brief answer.

-sa ensures that the .orig.tar.bz2 will be uploaded. If you haven’t made an upload of this upstream version before, use this.

-sd explicitly makes it so that only the debian.tar.gz or diff.tar.gz are uploaded. This is for when you are making a change to an upstream version that is already available in you target archive or PPA. This is because th original tarball should already be present there.

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