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Re: Creating Packages for partial mirror of testing

>>>>> " " == Olaf Meeuwissen <olaf@epkowa.co.jp> writes:

     > Goswin Brederlow <goswin.brederlow@student.uni-tuebingen.de>
     > writes:
    >> >>>>> " " == Olaf Meeuwissen <olaf@epkowa.co.jp> writes:
    >> > Dear all, I've started a partial local mirror of testing.  So
    >> > far so good, but now I'm wondering how I would create a >
    >> Packages file for the mirror.  Note that the mirror is kept on
    >> > a straight potato machine (2.2r2 and security updates as of >
    >> today).
    >> > I know how to do this for stable/potato, but since testing
    >> uses > pools I'm ... er, well, a bit in the dark so to say.
    >> Any > clueful folks out here that can shed some light?
    >> You mean you mirror only part of the debs for one architecture?

     > I mean I only mirror a part of ftp.debian.org and
     > non-us.debian.org :-)

    >> If so, I would suggest you take the original Packages files and
    >> cut out the relevant parts and cat them together in a new
    >> Packages file.

     > I guess I could, but that assumes the Packages file is in sync
     > with my partial mirror.  Right now I'm mirroring
     > semi-automagically (our proxy ain't playing nice :-()so that is
     > not always the case.

     > The problem is that with dpkg-scanpackages packages in the pool
     > are not included in the output.

I have the same problem. I mirror from ftp.de.debian.org, which often
misses files included in the Packages.gz. I'm writing a little script
that will do md5sum checking and reconstruction of a Packages.gz that
reflects whats on the mirror. That will also prevent old versions
getting deleted when a new version is in the upstream Packages.gz but
not yet on the mirror.

    >> If you mirror only some architectures and only testing, testing
    >> has its own Packages.gz files for each arch, nothing changes
    >> there.  Please use debian-mirror from sid and report any
    >> changes you would like to see.

     > Hm, I'd rather keep the mirror machine on stable lest
     > testing/unstable have a surprise coming up ;-)

Its just a shell script. Should run perfectly under potato.


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