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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.
    Category: HOWTOs 3 comments

    Optimize Debian Packages For Your System
    Submitted by SteveMilner on Monday, January 10, 2005 – 20:02
    Packages“Since the arrival of the very first versions of Gentoo, some people have announced that ‘Debian is good, but that’s not optimized for [distribution in which you run make all the time]’. And this is wrong, you are free to recompile software you use on Debian, using the apt system. Downloading a tarball, uncompressing it, running configure scripts and make install, is an easy task for every Linux user, but this is not adapted for the Debian package management system. Stow was a way which worked without too much effort, but compiled programs were not really integrated in the apt dependancies. The ultimate solution is to use apt-build to recompile a software already packaged for Debian.”

    Read the article by Julien Danjou.

    Category: HOWTOs 8 comments

    Should deb files have built-in signatures (similar to rpm)?
    Submitted by lovelace on Thursday, November 27, 2003 – 13:22
    Packages

    Yes, existing Release signatures are not sufficient
    31% (157 votes)
     
    Yes, these would be nice even though we already have Release signatures
    23% (114 votes)
       
    Yes, but what’s a Release signature?
    25% (128 votes)
       
    No, existing Release signatures are sufficient
    10% (51 votes)
       
    No, don’t know/care
    10% (52 votes)
       

    Total votes: 502
    2 comments

    Synaptic: Point-n-Click Software Management
    Submitted by misskim on Saturday, October 04, 2003 – 01:47
    PackagesIf you’re used to running Windows, you can think of Synaptic as a sort of super-dooper, turbocharged, steroid-munching version of the “Add / Remove Software” control panel. Except that it would be rude to even think about comparing them since there’s a world more sophistication in Synaptic.

    Jon Oxer has written a stepthrough article on Synaptic by LinMagAU.

    Category: Tips 9 comments

    Aptitude for package management
    Submitted by hegbloom on Sunday, July 20, 2003 – 19:26
    PackagesIf you haven’t already, you should stop what you’re doing right now and type:

    apt-get install aptitude

    I’m continually amazed by aptitude, a wonderful and worthy replacement for the venerable dselect. With all of the “installing Debian” articles out there, it’s amazing we don’t see aptitude mentioned more often. If more of those writers knew about it, perhaps they would complain less about boot-floppies.

    DanielS: This is just Karl’s personal opinion, and doesn’t necessarily reflect DebianPlanet’s opinion.

    Category: Tips 65 comments · read more

    IBM on building Debian packages
    Submitted by jojor on Friday, July 11, 2003 – 22:19
    PackagesSeen over at /.: IBM has put up a document by a freelance write on how to create Debian packages. Its nothing more than a short intro but I guess it will generate some interest…the Maintainer’s Guide does a better job though!
    Category: HOWTOs 15 comments · read more

    Compiling kernels The Debian Way
    Submitted by jonoxer on Tuesday, June 10, 2003 – 07:29
    PackagesDebian has some really cool tools for managing the process of compiling and packaging custom kernels, but a lot of Debian users still do things the traditional way. The current issue of linmagau, the Australian Linux magazine, is carrying an article that walks step by step through getting kernel source and configuring, then compiling and building a custom kernel package that can be installed using dpkg just like any other package.
    Category: Tips 35 comments · read more

    Exim+Courier+Debian HOWTO
    Submitted by DanielS on Tuesday, June 03, 2003 – 09:44
    PackagesJason Boxman has posted a Exim+Courier+Debian HOWTO on his site, that describes in some depth how to set up a working system with Exim, Courier IMAP, and Maildirs, as well as covering topics like mail filtering, and MUA setup.
    Category: HOWTOs 10 comments

    New Project for Debian Sponsor[s|ees]
    Submitted by robster on Monday, May 12, 2003 – 22:30
    PackagesThe Debian Mentors project has recently been announced to the world after much work this year. This project aims to help both non-developers and their sponsors by allowing the sponsoree to upload their package to a central location where anyone wishing to mentor a particular person/package can obtain it and subsequently upload to the main distribution if they feel the quality is high enough. The project does this by providing a Debian repository for those who cannot or do not want to run their own.
    Category: News 0 comments

    How huge is your tama?
    Submitted by bignose on Monday, December 09, 2002 – 07:12
    Packages

    Over 10000 hours or over 2000 units
    2% (11 votes)
       
    1000-9999 hours or 200-1999 units
    0% (3 votes)
       
    100-999 hours or 100-199 units
    0% (1 vote)
     
    10-99 hours or 50-99 units
    1% (7 votes)
       
    0-9 hours or 0-49 units
    2% (13 votes)
       
    I need to apt-get install tama
    80% (502 votes)
     
    My tama died from neglect
    14% (90 votes)
       

    Total votes: 627
    14 comments

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