[svlug] How do I build a custom Debian Package Server?

Erik Fears strtok at softhome.net
Thu Jul 5 12:11:02 PDT 2001

Why not just put woody or even sid in your sources list?

----- Original Message -----
From: Ivan Passos <lists at cyclades.com>
To: Joey Hess <joeyh at debian.org>
Cc: <svlug at svlug.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 11:18
Subject: Re: [svlug] How do I build a custom Debian Package Server?

> On Tue, 3 Jul 2001, Joey Hess wrote:
> > Ivan Passos wrote:
> > > OK, here is the plan: I want to create a Debian-based distribution
> > > internal use, etc.) with the specific packages I choose. For that
> > > I want to create a Debian package server locally so that the updates
> > > decide to make in the distro are available to the systems using it.
> >
> > I'm unclear on whether you simply want to:
> >
> > 1. Make a subset of debian that has only the set of packages you use,
> >    does not modify the packages debian distributes, or add new packages.
> > 2. Make a subset of debian as above but modify occasional packages
> >    and/or add some new ones.
> > 3. Make what basically amounts to a fork, with special compile time
> >    differences or something.
> I think it would be something like 2 or (as a last resort) 3.
> My main concern is with package version control. I'd like to be able to
> choose the versions of the packages to be used in the system, and to
> "freeze" my distro when I want to. For instance, I start from Potato, but
> I wanna run kernel 2.4.x. So I need to upgrade modutils, ppp, etc. Also, I
> wanna run the latest OpenSSH version, so if there is no .deb available
> (maybe there is, but let's assume there isn't), I'd like to be able to
> create my own .deb package for this software and place it on my Debian
> Package "mirror".
> Is it possible to do that without forking?? I'd rather avoid this kind of
> fork, but if there is no other solution ...
> Thanks for your help!!
> Later,
> Ivan
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