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Installing packages

Installing packages from the MPR is usually a straightforward process, and will only consist of the following in most cases:

  1. Acquire the build files for the package.

  2. Verify that the package and any other used files don't contain malicious (or otherwise untrustworthy) code or links.

  3. Create the package with makedeb, which will perform all the needed steps to properly create the package.

  4. Install the package with apt install package.deb

Acquiring build files

To get all needed build files, just run the following command (replacing pkgname with the name of the MPR package):

git clone ""

Creating the package

First change directories to the package you just cloned:

cd pkgname


If you're upgrading a package rather than installing it fresh, it may be more helpful to look at what's changed since the last installing instead.

You can see the changes in build files since the last commit with the git show command (look for lines that start with + and - for additions and deletions respectively).


Make sure to carefully check all build files for potentially malicious code before building (common files include .install files and the PKGBUILD itself). If you're not sure if a package is malicious, do not build the package and seek help inside of makedeb's support rooms.

Next you need to actually create the flag by running makedeb. Some common arguments that you may want to pass include:

  • -s/--syncdeps: Automatically installs missing build dependencies before building. If the package depends on other MPR packages, you'll need to install those manually first.

  • -i/--install: Installs the created package automatically if and after a successful build is made (only works on the Debian releases of makedeb).

  • -r/--rmdeps: Removes unneeded dependencies found in makedepends and checkdepends after a successful build. You may want to avoid this option if you're going to be rebuilding a package a lot.


If you otherwise chose to not pass the -i/--install argument, you can install the built package(s) from the .deb files contained in your current directory.

If extras .deb files exist (such as is the case with -bin packages that download .deb packages as their source), the built package should be contained under the following name style: {pkgname}_{pkgver}-{pkgrel}_{arch}.deb (arch will most likely differ from what is contained in the PKGBUILD though - see pkg/pkgname/DEBIAN/control in the PKGBUILD's directory for the actual architecture).


If makedeb complains about errors during dependency installation when using the -i flag, check the output of APT for any missing dependencies and search the MPR for the missing packages. Then, follow the above steps, installing the packages additionally with the --asdeps passed to makedeb.

In the case of MPR dependencies being present, it may also be wiser to look into using an MPR helper, which can, among other things, help automate the finding of MPR dependencies for you.