This small instructions assume that you have Limba already installed on your system.
The cool thing about Limba is that you don’t really have to do many changes on your application. There are a few things to pay attention to, though:
This needs to be done so your application will find its data at runtime. Additionally, you need to write an AppStream metadata file, and find out which stuff your application depends on.
Now you can create the metadata necessary to build a Limba package. Just run
cd /path/to/my/project lipkgen make-template
This will create a “lipkg” directory, containing a “control” file and a “metainfo.xml” file, which can be a symlink to the AppStream metadata, or be new metadata.
Now, configure your application with
/opt/bundle as install prefix.
-DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/opt/bundle, an Automake-based build-system needs
–prefix=/opt/bundlepassed to configure/autogen.sh.
Then install the software to the
If your software has dependencies on other packages, just get the Limba packages for these dependencies, or build new ones. Then place the resulting IPK packages in the lipkg/repo directory. Ideally, you should be able to fetch Limba packages which contain the software components directly from their upstream developers.
Then, open the
lipkg/control file and adjust the
The names of the components you depend on match their AppStream-IDs (
tag in the AppStream XML document).
Any version-relation (>=, >>, <<, <=, <>) is supported, and specified in brackets after the component-id.
The resulting control-file might look like this:
Format-Version: 1.0 Requires: Qt5Core (>= 5.3), Qt5DBus (>= 5.3), libpng12
If the specified dependencies are in the
lipkg/repo/ subdirectory, these packages will get installed automatically, if your application package is installed.
Otherwise, Limba depends on the user to install these packages manually – there is no interaction with the distribution’s package-manager.
In order to build your package, make sure the content in
inst_target/ is up to date, then run
lipkgen build lipkg/
This will build your package and output it in the
You can now test your package, Just run
sudo lipa install package.ipk
Your software should install successfully.
If you provided a .desktop file in
share/applications, you should find your application in your desktop’s application-menu.
Otherwise, you can run a binary from the command-line, just append the version of your package to the binary name (bash-comletion helps).
Alternatively, you can use the
runapp command, which lets you run any binary in your bundle/package, which is quite helpful for debugging
(since the environment a Limba-installed application is run is different from the one of other applications).