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adding non-repository deb packages to apt

Posted 11-01-2011 at 05:48 AM by neonsignal

A local repository can be created for miscellaneous deb packages that are not part of a standard repository, so that they can be managed by apt-get.

Create a repository (it can be located anywhere):
Code:
mkdir /var/cache/apt/altdeb
Copy the relevant deb files to that place. Then generate a package index:
Code:
dpkg-scanpackages /var/cache/apt/altdeb /dev/null | gzip >/var/cache/apt/altdeb/Packages.gz
Add a line to /etc/apt/sources.list so that this local repository can be found:
Code:
deb file:// /var/cache/apt/altdeb/
And run apt-get update to update the indexes.

Now the packages can be installed using apt-get as with any other package.
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