Frank Hofmann and Axel Beckert are working on a free book about Debian Package Management. It will be available as e-book and printed book at Onyx Neon.


CC BY-SA 4.0

The book "Debian Package Management" is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution - Share Alike 4.0 International License.

Read or Download the Book

Additionally, the book is also online at GitBook, but be aware that the rendering over there at Gitbook still contains quite some bugs, i.e. neither references nor images work properly yet and there are superfluous table of contents at chapter starts. The downloadable PDF and ePub variants at Gitbook suffer from the same symptoms, too.

Source Code

The book’s source code can be found on GitHub.


Will this book also cover building Debian packages?

No, with exception of building meta packages and packages to fulfill unwanted dependencies, building Debian packages will not be covered. It would go far beyond the scope of this book.

Will there be an English translation of the book?

The chances are good.

Will the book be helpful if I only run Debian derivatives?

Of course. While the book also covers some debian-specific things like e.g. the way of a package from Debian Unstable via Testing to Debian Stable, it mostly covers the existing tools. Additionally it will also explain differences in case something works differently in a popular derivative.

Talks and Articles

Talks and Articles about Debian Package Management

Talks (in English and German) and already published articles (in English) about Debian package management by Frank and Axel:

Talks about the Book

You can find the current slides also on GitHub.

Tips and Tricks

  • List of Debian Mirrors at Hetzner (Can be used in /etc/apt/sources.list as e.g. deb mirror:// stable main to choose one of these mirrors randomly.)