I developed mitpick, a tool to capture the terminal output screenshot, right from the terminal, and copy it to the clipboard. All you need to run is
mitpick. I am just using mitpick as an example, and the reason that I explored deb packaging in the first place.
Let's get straight into how I packaged it into a
You'll need a folder to store all contents of the package. Let's call this folder
mitpick_1.0-1 (package-name). This folder is like the
root of the target system.
Binary files or executables go into the
mkdir mitpick_1.0-1/usr/local/bin -p cp <executable_path> mitpick_1.0-1/usr/local/bin
-p flag takes care that the directory is made with all parent directories as well. Otherwise, the command gives error no such file or directory exists.
Other resource files go into the
share folder. Like in my case, I needed an external bash file as well.
mkdir mitpick_1.0-1/usr/local/share/mitpick -p cp <resource_file> mitpick_1.0-1/usr/local/share/mitpick
Lastly, you need to make a text file called
control which includes all metadata information about the package.
mkdir mitpick_1.0-1/DEBIAN nano mitpick_1.0-1/DEBIAN/control
Package: mitpick Version: 1.0-1 Architecture: amd64 Depends: xdotool, xclip Maintainer: Mithil Poojary email@example.com Description: mitpick When you need to screenshot your terminal, just run this small program!
Each line in the description should start with a single space.
Read about metadata options here.
Lastly, you need to package it.
dpkg-deb --build mitpick_1.0-1 dpkg-deb: building package 'mitpick' in 'mitpick_1.0-1.deb'.
Now you can install it:
sudo apt install ./mitpick_1.0-1.deb
That is all for this guide 💖.
I have QWassignments which involve taking screenshots (a lot of them) of the terminal output for certain commands. The screenshot tools work just fine, but it is really tedious to perform those 4-5 clicks. Mitpick captures the screenshot of the terminal and copies it to the clipboard. All I need to do is execute
mitpick, and boom, the screenshot is taken and copied to the clipboard to be pasted onto your google doc. It is not that good with the boundaries of the terminal and is in no means a perfect tool.
| Cover pic - screenshot of cool-retro-term on my PC