[lsb-discuss] Generating Debian package repositories for apt-get

Jeff Licquia jeff at licquia.org
Sun Jun 8 18:16:41 PDT 2008

Till Kamppeter wrote:
> I am currently trying to generate package repositories on our server 
> which can be used with high-level package managers. The repositories are 
> for the distribution-independent LSB-based printer driver packages. As 
> talked about in Austin we need indexed repositories to support things 
> like automatic updates in case of security bugs.
> The plan is that printer manufacturers upload LSB RPM packages and that 
> the server should then automatically alienise them to Debian packages 
> and afterwards index the Debian package repository for apt-get. In 
> addition, the RPMs should get directly indexed for yum and urpmi.
> The server is parker, a 64-bit box. There I have no problem to alienise 
> amd64/x86_64 packages, but trying to alienise i386/i486 packages the 
> server complains with the following error:


> Has someone any idea how to convert these packages without needing a 
> physical server for each architecture?

Not so far.  When the LSB builds Debian packages for its stuff, it does 
so as part of the build of the RPMs.

If you only care about i386 and amd64 packages, you should be able to 
use debootstrap to install a i386 chroot on the amd64 box, and use alien 
in the chroot to make the i386 package.

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