I'd like to know how good checkinstall is at creating "real" packages. For example, do the packages it creates conform to the Debian packaging guidelines? Does it produce something at least close to being uploadable?
As a packaging newbie, I do indeed find the whole process somewhat intimidating. It would help to know that some tool out there can at least point me in the right direction. I just want to write software. Packaging it is a necessary but undesirable task. Anything to automate it is a godsend.