1. I use checkinstall 1.6.1 and the rpm I create report a faild MD5 verification when installed and/or the package has unrelated files inside.

    This is a known bug in version 1.6.1 and will be fixed in the next release. As a workaround you can use the --inspect, --review-spec and/or --review-control command line options and edit out the files to be included in the package.

  2. I ran CheckInstall and everything seems to run fine, but when I check my new package I only find the documentation files!

    CheckInstall can't trace (yet) the actions of three kind of binaries:

    • SUID programs
    • SGID programs
    • Statically linked binaries

    You may now go to check the binaries you're using in the installation process   ;-).

  3. I built my Linux system from scratch (LFS, anyone?) and nothing gets included in the packages I create with CheckInstall!

    Most likely you installed GNU make from source, which by default installs the make binary with SUID and/or SGID permissions. A quick fix:

    chmod 0755 `which make`

    Which means to remove the SUID and SGID bits from the make binary.

    Please refer to the first question in this FAQ for the details.

  4. I use Slackware Linux 8.0 and the symbolic links created by my installation do not get into the package!

    The ln binary shipped with Slackware 8.0 is statically linked. Replace it with a dynamically linked one.
    The one shipped with Slackware 7.1 works just fine. You can download it here

    Please refer to the first question in this FAQ for the details.

  5. I used CheckInstall to install the latest XFree86 distribution, but the drivers are being corrupted! If I install XFree86 without CheckInstall everything runs fine. Is this some evil bug?

    It's not a bug. It's your driver's files being stripped by the automatic ELF stripping process. Run checkinstall with the "--strip=no" command line option.

  6. I use a RPM based distribution and CheckInstall says it built the rpm package OK but reports an error when installing the .rpm file:

    Building RPM package...OK
    Installing RPM package... FAILED!

    And in the install.log file I find something like this:

    error: open of /usr/src/RPM/RPMS/i386/package-1.0-1.i386.rpm failed no such file or directory

    What's wrong?

    There's something wrong with your RPM installation. Check your system and see if the "rpm-build" and "spec-helper" packages are installed. Also verify that their versions match the version of the rpm binary installed in your system.

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