Originally Posted by lazlow
Do not get me wrong it is an ok tool and for me it worked about 85% of the time(stuff that would install manually 100%).
Ok, I never actually examined the inside. I just noted that it had .deb on the end of the file and could be installed with dpkg. That led me to believe I had a deb package. Ditto for the rpm.
You say that checkinstall worked 85% of the time on stuff that would install manually 100% of the time. I'm confused, because checkinstall uses a manual install basically. You compile and run 'make' manually. Then you run checkinstall instead of 'make install'. So are you saying that 'checkinstall' did not work where 'make install' worked? Maybe we are talking about different ways of using the program.
The other difference is that most of my usage was with debian; and it sounds like you used it mostly with a distro that uses rpm.
I'll let go of my defense of this program, because it has been over 4 years since I used it though I did use it for about 4 years. And it has been more than 8 years since I ran RedHat; so my information is very old.
I hope the original poster got something out of the discussion.