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    Merging multiple CDs into one repository
    Submitted by ashridah on Tuesday, June 18, 2002 – 20:02
    CD ImagesIs there any way of merging a set of Debian CDs to form one large repository producing apropriate “Packages.gz” files. I have tried debmirror and apt-move to no avail.
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    Subject: Quetion on the same topic:
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/06/19 – 00:36
    Sorry, to bust in on your thread Ashridah.

    Is there a newbie-friendly way to backup .deb files onto an ‘apt-cdrom’ friendly CD? I mean is there a program or nice script that will scan the debs, create the package lists (and whatever else is needed) and write an ISO.

    I have downloaded the debian-cd package, but it seems complicated and overkill for a newbie just wanting to backup debs onto CD (and have apt-cdrom be able to add these to the /etc/apt/sources.list file). Not wanting to create an entire official Debian Distribution CD.


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    Subject: Re: Quetion on the same topic:
    Author: glenalec
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/06/19 – 02:11
    I maintain my own minimal Debian install disk with just the packages I use (about 320M worth) because on a 14.4 line I don’t want to be downloading ISOs.

    I keep all my upgraded packages in a folder (apt-move is set up to do this) and periodically run a script:

    apt-move local
    mkisofs -J -R -l -L -d -b rescue.bin -o /home/cd.iso ./

    then I run a separate script:

    cdrecord -v dev=0,0 speed=4 /home/cd.iso

    If you don’t want a full install CD, modify the mkiso command to not have the -b rescue.bin

    Apt-move is a bit tricky to set up. Something that wasn’t documented when I set it up last year was that the local directory has to be at the *top* of the sources.list file:

    deb file:/home/Debian testing main contrib non-free # Local repository
    deb ftp://ftp.jp.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free
    deb ftp://ftp.jp.debian.org/debian-non-US testing non-US/main non-US/contrib non-US/non-free
    deb ftp://metalab.unc.edu/pub/linux/devel/lang/java/blackdown.org/debian woody non-free #blackdown java

    Hope this helps

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