There is a nice overview about apt-build, the package I’m talking about here. So I will not say much. Only so far as what to do to try it out. On my system gnomes system manager is fairly slow. So I gave it a try:
- install the bundle:
sudo aptitude --reinstall install apt-build
- configure your processor (dpkg-configure asks you about it)
- add deb-src to sources.list if you haven’t already
- run it on gnome-system-manager:
sudo apt-build install gnome-system-manager
And there you have it. You might want to copy the list of packages that apt-build installs via apt-get build-dep so you can mark them as auto installed using aptitude when done:
sudo aptitude markauto list_of_packages_you_copied_before
or, even easier, use apt-builds –remove-builddep option.
It really does make a difference!
If you’re really keen or you happen to have an older system just wasting away try this:
sudo apt-build world
and see what happens ;)