Using git-buildpackage isn't working because the configure step for the package isn't getting run properly. So ran "debuild -rfakeroot -firstname.lastname@example.org -us -uc -b" . That resulted in a lot of errors but did complete. It also had the following Lintian error:
Lintian errors: command-with-path-in-maintainer-script, on preinst & postinst
That says that maintainer scripts shouldn't have that set (policy 6.1)
Tried doing a package install. The installation tried starting mbtask but ended up with a permission denied error: problem was that the contents of the /opt/mbse directory was all still set to root:root ownership. manually did a 'chown -R mbse' in the opt directory, redid the setuid & ownership on mbtask, & it then started.
su - mbse; was able to run mbsetup but didn't try doing anything yet.