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Using the MPR

Introduction Mist - The MPR CLI Installing Packages Uploading Packages Support Policy


Introduction Getting Started Adding Packages

MPR User Guidelines

Marking Maintainers in a PKGBUILD Package Relationships Using Experimental makedeb Features


Obtaining Support Community Events makedeb Team Ways to Support makedeb Reporting Security Vulnerabilities

Installing Packages

Installing packages from the MPR is usually a straightforward process, and will typically only consist of a few steps:

  1. Acquire the build files for the packages.
  2. Verify that the package and any other used files don’t contain malicious (or otherwise untrustworthy) code or links.
  3. Build the package with makedeb, which will perform all the needed steps to properly package the application.
  4. Install the package with apt.

Installing with Mist

If you have Mist installed, you can just run the following to install a package from the MPR (replacing pkgname with the name of the MPR package):

mist install pkgname

Otherwise, continue with the instructions below.

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/

Make sure to carefully check all build files for potentially malicious code before building (common files include preinst, postinst, prerm and postrm scripts, as well as the PKGBUILD itself). If you’re not sure if a package is malicious, do not build the package and ask for help in 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 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.