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    Automatic Debian Package Repository HOWTO
    Submitted by el cubano on Thursday, February 10, 2005 – 22:55
    PackagesI recently wrote a HOWTO that details how to setup an automatic repository of Debian packages. I originally announced it on debian-devel and it was mentioned in January 11th issue of the Debian Weekly News. I have received an excellent response up to now and thought more people would find it helpful.
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    Subject: Seems like a lot of work
    Author: camh
    Date: Wednesday, 2005/02/23 – 06:53
    Seems like a lot of effort to set up a simple repository. I can’t see the need for mirroring the debian archive directory structure.

    I use the following shell function/script:
    savedebs ()
    {
    if [ $# -lt 1 ]; then
    echo “Usage: ${0} <debs> …” 1>&2;
    exit 1;
    fi;
    mv “$@” /usr/local/debian;
    ( cd /usr/local/debian && dpkg-scanpackages . /dev/null >Packages )
    }

    I add this line to my sources.list file:
    deb file:/usr/local/debian/ ./

    Just sub whereever you want your repository for /usr/local/debian .

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    Subject: Release files…
    Author: robot101
    Date: Wednesday, 2005/02/23 – 09:28
    Using apt-ftparchive has the benefit that you get proper Release files, so people can choose to pin your repository at a certain priority relative to others. For example, using packages from your repository until there are equal or greater versions available in official repositories, and then stopping. Release files are also necessary to carry the checksums for Packages files, and hence allow the repository to be signed.

    Furthermore, it’s much easier to carry packages aimed at different releases and different architectures if you follow the official archive structure more closely. When you give apt a line like “deb http://foo/bar dir/” then it doesn’t really include your architecture or release, whereas “deb http://foo/bar testing stuff” will retrieve packages from http://foo/bar/dists/testing/stuff/binary-ARCH/, making your repository far more flexible.

    By way of a possibly simpler (although less powerful) alternative, I have a make-archive script which I use, which seems to work quite well for a quick repository of stuff.

    Regards,
    Rob

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    Subject: A bit more Automatic
    Author: danielos
    Date: Wednesday, 2005/02/23 – 11:35
    Your script is less powerfull, but it is a more automatic way to setup a less automatic repository.

    I don’t see a lot of different way to setup an automatic repository.

    What I read in the howto is a fix path to make it with some parameter up to you … I read just a script!

    …(to be continued)

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