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  1. What is the easiest way to create a "virtual package" in debian?

    My problem: I have compiled/installed mysql from source and now need to tell other packages that mysql is already installed (otherwise they will also try to install mysql...). I searched the internet but did not find a quick answer to this question.

  2. And is there an easy command to tell aptitude to install something, but exclude a specific required library/dependency (like mysql). This would be another way to solve the problem.

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Install and use the debian package named equivs.

... Another use is to circumvent dependency checking: by letting dpkg think a particular package name and version is installed when it isn't

man equivs-build

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Look up checkinstall; after building from source, it creates .deb packages that can be installed via dpkg, thereby creating an entry in the APT database.

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