Archive for April, 2009

Setting up your own simple debian repository

April 27th, 2009

In the process of getting a debian repostiry ready to allow easy installtion with debian’s apt, a small series of posts are going to be created here. So here is the initial post describing a very simple debian repository layout.

All that’s required to setup your own debian repository is the dpkg-dev package and a web or ftp server for serving the files. For a local deployement (e.g. within a company) also a file-system based approch is possible through a NFS mounted directory.

Make sure the dpkg-dev package is installed:

sh# aptitude install dpkg-dev

Copy all files into a directory binary on the server. So the layout will look something like this:

+-- debian
    +-- binary
    |   +-- myweb-2.0-1_i386.deb
    |   +-- myweb-utils-2.0-1_i386.deb
    +-- source

Here the packages in the binary directory can new be used to create the repository index and serve this then as a debian repository. To scan the packages and create the index use:

$ cd webserver-root
$ dpkg-scanpackages binary /dev/null | gzip -9c > binary/Packages.gz
$ dpkg-scansources source /dev/null | gzip -9c > source/Sources.gz

Now the repository can be used by adding the following to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb ./
deb-src ./

See for more details.