## 61.1 Debian Packages

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To package software for Debian we use the deb format, one opf the pioneering approaches to packaging the softare source and meta data. To use this you will need to utilise various packaging support tools, include doc-debian, debian-policy, debmake, devscripts, fakeroot, apt, dpkg, make, g++, gcc, perl, autoconf, sed, and libc6-dev

You can become part of the international effort that is Debian GNU/Linux by maintaining finding a package that you use regularly but is not available under Debian. You can then package it up and perhaps even become a Debian developer yourself. The steps to take include:

• Read the developer documentation at http://www.debian.org/doc/devel-manuals, probably starting with the “New Maintainer’s Guide” at http://www.debian.org/doc/maint-guide/. Most of these manuals can be installed as debian packages and read offline.
• Send a message to the debian-devel mailing list with a subject line ITP: mynewpackage (the ITP stands for ). This will let others know your intention, and serve to double check that it has not already been done, and that it is worth doing!