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Maemo packages are based on the Debian package format. The git repository at contains necessary files for quick packaging.

Creating fresh packages

We are going to check out a fresh subversion copy of Marble, add the debian specific packaging files from the marble garage git repository and build a Maemo .deb package for the armel target. It will be readily usable on the N900.

First, we check out a fresh subversion copy of Marble to a temporary directory. Make sure to do this inside scratchbox with the armel target activated if you intend to use the package on the N900.

cd "$(mktemp -d)"
rev="$(svn info "${repo}" | grep Revision | awk '{ print $2 }')"
svn co "${repo}" "marble-0.10+svn${rev}"

Inside, we'll add the debian packaging files.

cd "marble-0.10+svn${rev}"
git clone garage
ln -s garage/packaging/debian

Update the changelog, if needed.


Afterwards, build the packages:

LD_LIBRARY_PATH=debian/marble/opt/marble/lib dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot

Four debian packages -- marble-$version.deb, marble-plugins-$version.deb, libmarble-$version.deb and marble-data-$version.deb -- will end up in the parent directory. Compared to the original Debian package, they contain the following adjustments:

  • Split into more packages
  • Install prefix changed from /usr to /opt/marble (Maemo suggestion)
  • Application manager icon contained in the control file
  • bin/ wrapper script that sets PATH, LD_LIBRARY_PATH and XDG_DATA_HOME
  • marble.desktop and marble.service files for application menu integration
  • Marble icons copied to /usr/share/icons/hicolor/apps/

Currently there is a bug related to scratchbox which affects the creation of the marble-data.deb package. It will contain too little data when created on the ARMEL target. As this will trigger a segfault on the N900, the marble-data.deb package must be created on the X86 target. Because the -data package is architecture independent, you can just overwrite the faulty package created on ARMEL.

To install the four packages on your N900, copy them to the device and install them using dpkg.

scp ../marble*.deb [email protected]:/home/user/MyDocs
ssh [email protected] -- "dpkg -i /home/user/MyDocs/marble*.deb"

You can start Marble on the N900 from the application menu. To uninstall -- how dare you! -- use the application manager.

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