On Thu, Feb 20, 2003 at 07:39:02AM +0100, Linux Leman Digest wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 18, 2003 at 06:57:05PM +0100, Erik Rossen wrote:
> > Why are the original package lists from the CDs even necessary?  Each .deb has
> > enough info in its control file to rebuild the Packages lists and frankly I
> > don't care how the .debs are organised, as long as they can be found
> > afterwards.
> They are not. For example, my Debian CD update generation script:
> [ ... ]
> if [ $? = 0 ]; then
>    # Generating the Packages.gz file
>    (cd $DEST_PACKAGES && dpkg-scanpackages . /dev/null | gzip -9 >
> Packages.gz)
>    mkisofs -A "$LABEL" -r -o $OUTPUT_FILE $TMP_DIR || fail "mkisofs"
>    md5sum $OUTPUT_FILE > $OUTPUT_FILE.md5sum || fail "md5sum"
>    rm -rf $TMP_DIR
> else
>    rm -rf $TEMPDIR
>    exit 1
> fi

OK, that seems to answer the question of whether or not apt-move is
really necessary, but there seems to be a mis-comprehension of my
problem by both you and Fred.

I already knew about dpkg-scanpackages (it gets called when one does
"apt-move packages") for rebuilding the Packages file.  It worked fine
for me already and I have been able to using my mirror for normal
apt-get operations.

The problem comes when trying to do an install on a completely new
machine.  debootstrap seems to choke when it cannot find a valid Release
file in each major subsection (main, contrib, non-free) of the mirror
and it refuses to use the mirror for the install.  I can use it
afterwards, but NOT for the initial install.

My question is *not* "how do I make the Packages file?", but "how do I
make the Release files?"  At the limit I can write a little shell script
to call md5sum on all of the Packages files and build something like

Origin: Debian
Label: Debian
Suite: stable
Version: 3.0
Codename: woody
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2002 19:03:33 UTC
Architectures: alpha arm hppa i386 ia64 m68k mips mipsel powerpc s390 sparc
Components: main contrib non-free
Description: Debian 3.0 Released 20th July 2002
 678eab2d1d603992726f697765dadf33             3208 main/disks-alpha/current/md5sum.txt
 678eab2d1d603992726f697765dadf33             3208 
 002a42ea167a6eede449472e086c0d4a          6240918 main/binary-alpha/Packages
 1815a1f31a9d5613622f49cab5407e7c          1700336 main/binary-alpha/Packages.gz
 e061181295feeeabcd2df379e95aa349               94 main/binary-alpha/Release
 036d9f86a89a86f5b1db46b963e1c1e2             1774 main/disks-arm/current/md5sum.txt
 036d9f86a89a86f5b1db46b963e1c1e2             1774 
 aa6e9dd49434eccccb152673511ca6c0          6141671 main/binary-arm/Packages
 be6d465f85178d97341779ff3ca6718b          1682660 main/binary-arm/Packages.gz
 37dc7628af7ce694c0009be246178406               92 main/binary-arm/Release

...etc, but I do not want to do it if there is already a well-used
Debian tool for this job.  It seems to me that the ftpmaster would have
such a tool, no?  If so, where is it?

> For autoinstalling machines, you could look into FAI: they may have some
> instructions for setting up mirrors.

OK, I will take a look.

> If you install from one CD, you usually don't need the base.tar.gz
> and other things on the mirror.

True, but it is nice to not have to depend on having access to a CDROM
drive like, for example, when I installed Debian on my Sony Vaio
notebook that has neither a CDROM nor a floppy drive.  I was able to do
that (and redo and redo and redo...) because I had a local mirror set up
using apt-proxy that downloads and caches Release files and everything
else.  Very, very, convenient.

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