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Re: [jakemsr@clipper.net: Re: lie to apt]


Jacob Meuser schrieb:
> > On Wed, Feb 21, 2001 at 10:13:23AM +0000, Jacob Meuser wrote:
> > > Is there a way to manually edit the database that says which packages
> > > are installed?  I set up a small system, using potato, and am adding
> > > several packages from source.  I added stuff like glib-1.2.8, tcl-8.32,
> > > tk8.3.2, etc.  How can I tell apt that these packages are installed?
> > > Or at least make it think the potato version is installed.

> Well, that lead me to the files I was looking for: /var/lib/dpkg/*

Some ideas on how to do this:

If it's no disc space and bandwith problem for you, you could
just as well install you locally compiled packages in /usr/local
and keep the older packaged versions installed. Dependencies
will be satisfied, and everything should be using the /usr/local
version (there are some search path variables/configuration
settings to assure this, like PATH,
LD_LIBRARY_PATH//etc/ld.so.conf, MANPATH and so on). That's my
prefered way to install (yet) unpackaged software. (Hint: have a
look at 'stow').

In my experience this works much better than trying to
manipulate the status database of dpkg.

Another thing to look at is the equivs package, which provides
tools to build empty dummy packages.

Yet another way would be to grab the source of the debian
packages, upgrade them and build actual debian packages of the
new versions (and send any necessary modifications to the
maintainer of the debian package), though this is probably not
an option for you since it requires quite a lot of experience
with packaging (even more if the debian package uses some
obscure source format or is very old).

Sometimes the debian maintainers are not even aware of new
versions of theyer packages (though this usually only happens
with smaller packages), thus dropping a notice pointing to the
new version and politely asking why it isn't packaged could do
the trick as well.

HTH, 2ri
When you think that Big Brother is watching you, try boring him
to death.

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