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Old 10-25-2004, 10:34 PM   #1
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compile 100% my own debian


Hi all. I've had an idea bouncing around my head for a while about making a custom debian of sorts. The only thing is I don't know what I need to research to get it done. If someone could let me know if it's possible, and maybe give me a couple tips I would really really appreciate it. So here it is.

What i was wanting to do, was install a debian sarge system, and then use 'apt-get source' to recompile EVERY package with custom compile flags, and create packages for everything. I then want to make an iso with my custom debian (to install on a bunch of systems) and host the packages on a server, apt-getting the updated packages every 3-6 months to create new packages for everything so all the systems can 'apt-get dist upgrade' from my server, as well as creating an updated iso i can reinstall or install on new machines.

So is this even possible?? It will mostly be for servers and business machines. I would want it to be fairly automatic. Are pretty well all sources available on debian servers?? I know some proprietary stuff won't, but are the sources for all the packages that make up debian available??


Any thoughts would really be appreciated.

Thanks
-Abe
 
Old 10-25-2004, 11:21 PM   #2
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yes it would be possible. debian has the sources available for everything in the "main" branch.

use the program apt-build to make all your packages, and use apache or an ftp server to host them.

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Old 10-26-2004, 05:12 PM   #3
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thanks a lot haimeltjnfg. I was thinking about using gentoo, but i need all the machines to be able to update quickly, without having to recompile. So ideally i would use debian's package management for everything. Thanks again.
 
Old 10-26-2004, 05:24 PM   #4
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Have a look at debtoo. Seems that you're not the only one who wants to do this!

Daniel
 
Old 10-29-2004, 10:53 PM   #5
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Here is another suggestion.

Debian from Scratch


This is a project that was started recently by a Debian developer.

Scott
 
Old 10-30-2004, 05:46 PM   #6
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Thanks for all the help everyone. Debtoo and DFS are both pretty interesting. Not sure if i'll use either one, or maybe combine the ideas to come up with my own stuff.

Again, thanks!

-Abe
 
  


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